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
VICE News Tonight on HBO

Crowds cheered as gay men were caned dozens of times in Indonesia

The couple was arrested after neighborhood vigilantes broke into their room and recorded them having sex.
Laurel Chor
Juanita Ceballos
rookies deconstructed

Rookies Deconstructed: Jahlil Okafor

Jahlil Okafor can already score points with the grace and force of few players in the NBA. The way he does all that calls for some very flattering comparisons.
Ian Levy
prison food

The Worst Prison Food Dish Is Finally Off the Menu in New York

Prison food is awful, but prisoners say the Nutraloaf—a gruesome mix of oddball ingredients formed into a log—is the worst. As of this week, however, the loaf is off the menu in New York State.
Wyatt Marshall

Japan Hangs Two Convicted Murderers After Sentencing by 'Lay Judge' Court

Japan executed two prisoners this morning, one of whom was the first to be convicted and sentenced to death by the country's new "lay judge" system, in which average citizens decide guilt or innocence and the severity of the punishment.

What It's Like to Have a Parent in Prison

A new report released last week in the UK examines how families are treated by prison staff and how intimidating these visits can be for them.
Alun Evans

Do Indonesians Agree With Their Government’s Plan to Castrate Pedophiles?

After a series of high-profile sexual abuse cases, Indonesia is on the verge of mandating chemical castration. We asked people around Jakarta for their thoughts.
Stanley Widianto

When Prison Food Is a Punishment

Nutraloaf, a blend of several different kinds of food mashed together and baked into a flavorless loaf, is still served to prisoners across the country.
Kaleigh Rogers
middle east

Saudi Court Upholds Sentence of 1,000 Lashes and 10 Years in Prison for Activist Blogger

Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Court ignored international pressure to overturn the harsh sentence against Raif Badawi, who has been imprisoned since 2012 on charges of insulting Islam.
Gillian Mohney

'Gay Panic' Is Still a Murder Defense in Some States of Australia

In Queensland and South Australia, if you're a guy who believes you're being hit on by another guy, you can kill that guy and not face a murder charge.
Paul Gregoire
the people speak

Should There Be a Death Penalty? - The People Speak

In this episode of 'The People Speak,' VICE News traveled around the world to ask people about the the death penalty.

We Talked to the Former Bank Robber who Once Escaped Prison in a Helicopter

In 1999, John Killick was busted out of Sydney's Silverwater Prison in a helicopter by his girlfriend, Lucy Dudko. They were both caught and John was released again last month. We talked about helicopters, chess, and freedom.
Leo van der Pluym