Volume 22 Issue 10

The Prison Issue

The Myth of the Lone Wolf

Prison might be more influential than we'd like to admit in creating "lone wolf" terrorists.
Jason Burke

Rehabilitation, Spies, and Goals at Uganda's Lone Maximum Security Prison

Uganda's only maximum security prison, Luzira, holds a sophisticated prison soccer tournament known not only for its top-notch talent, but the remarkable part it plays in the country's low recidivism rate.
Ben Ferguson
The Prison Issue

Full Bleed: Escaping Alcatraz

​These photos by Anthony Tafuro feature Alcatraz Island, a tough prison for any convict looking to break free.
Anthony Tafuro
The Prison Issue

Silicon Valley’s Plan to Turn Inmates into Coders

The program promises to be a modern-day foray beyond traditional prison jobs and a rare bridge between the technorati of the Bay Area and those living behind bars just next door.
Mary Pilon
The Prison Issue

Deep Cover: What It Was Like Working as a Prison Guard at Sing Sing in the 1990s

Ted Conover discusses how little has changed in the 15 years since he infiltrated Sing Sing in order to write a book about the prison system.
Chris Bilton
The Prison Issue

What Happens When Inmates in Solitary Confinement Blow the Whistle on Their Abuse?

A group of inmates calling themselves the Dallas Six banded together and grew committed to bringing their prison's abusive conditions to light, even in the face of being confined there longer.
Molly Crabapple
The Prison Issue

'Engulfed': Fiction by Curtis Dawkins

A short story about criminals, prison, and lies.
Curtis Dawkins
The Prison Issue

Inside Canada's Arctic Prison

Yellowknife photographer Pat Kane had the rare opportunity to visit the North Slave Correctional Centre in the Northwest Territories. Here's what he saw.
Patrick Kane
The Prison Issue

How Personhood Laws Can Land Women in Court for Crimes Against Their Own Fetuses

Anti-abortion measures are putting women are at risk of being charged with crimes against their fetuses, and rogue prosecutors can use their wide discretion to prosecute mothers with crimes beyond feticide or child abuse.
Kristen Gwynne
The Prison Issue

Can a Former Inmate Fix Rikers as a Regulator?

After spending more than ten years in New York's prisons and jails, Stanley Richards has dedicated his life to improving the lives of the incarcerated.
Raven Rakia

Photo Requests from Prisoners in Solitary Confinement

​Over the past few years, Photo Requests from Solitary has invited men and women in solitary confinement to request a photograph of anything—real or imagined—and promised to find them an artist to make the image.
VICE Staff
The Prison Issue

Slammer Slang: The A-to-Z of Prison Lingo

A primer on the distinct vocabulary of prison slang to help you out if you ever find yourself a member of the convict class.
Seth Ferranti