prison reform

prison reform

The Prison System Is a Nightmare, but Not for the Reasons You Think

How it's become an agency of social control.
Seth Ferranti

What It's Like Inside an 'Open' Prison

"Being in prison causes a lot of anguish. There’s nothing more than that, so we have to find a way to make confinement beneficial and not just a punishment."
Rodrigo Márquez Tizano
The VICE Guide to Right Now

Welcome to 2018: President Donald Trump Just Met with Kim Kardashian

We know it's all very confusing. Please allow us to explain.
Drew Schwartz

Cameras Actually Tamed Attica, the Brutal Prison I Used to Call Home

I saw how crazy things were at Attica. But under today’s watchful eyes, guards have new incentives not to lie about inmate assaults.
John J. Lennon
art galleries

This Brooklyn Art Space Wants to Keep Kids Out of Jail

Assembly is a partnership between Recess Art and the Brooklyn Justice Initiatives.
Antwaun Sargent
activist art

Floridians Hack Google to Display Poetry by Inmates in Miami

As part of the O, Miami Poetry Festival, South Florida residents are altering Google’s autocomplete by typing in one-line poems penned by incarcerated people in Miami.
Monica Uszerowicz

How Art Is Transforming a Facility for Miami's At-Risk Youth

How a community activist is providing inspiration and sanctuary through an expanding gallery, library, and educational center.
Monica Uszerowicz
The Solitary Confinement Project

Why a VICE Producer Is Livestreaming His Own Solitary Confinement

VICE Producer James Burns is streaming 30 days of life in solitary confinement.
Danielle Riendeau

Inmates Explain How They'd Run Prisons

A new report on how Texas prisons can improve is unique: It was written solely by prisoners.
Maurice Chammah
The VICE Guide to Right Now

New York City Is Finally Done Sending Teens to Solitary

Punitive segregation—a.k.a. solitary confinement—is history for all inmates 21 or younger in America's largest city.
River Donaghey

How Prisoners Exaggerate and Bullshit About What They'll Do On the Outside

"Inmates tend to have many fruitless conversations. The average, hour-long prison conversation is like this: I lie for 20 minutes, you lie for 20 minutes, and for 20 minutes we discuss each other lies."
Seth Ferranti

Inmates in the UK Can't Agree Whether the Proposal to Let Them Out to Work Is a Good Idea

We talked to current prisoners about the new proposal which would see some inmates released on a tag to do their weekday jobs before returning to prison for the weekend.