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Inside the prison strikes that are rippling across the country

This piece first aired Oct. 10, 2016, on VICE News Tonight on HBO. In September, inmate strikes at U.S. prisons spread into what’s believed to be the largest prison strike in American history. In a

US sends Chinese-Mexican businessman caught with $200 million in cash back to Mexico

The United States has extradited an alleged drug trafficker to Mexico nearly a decade after police discovered $205 million hidden throughout his Mexico City mansion. Chinese-Mexican businessman Zhenli

FBI stats show it got safer to be a cop last year

Statistically, it’s getting safer to be a cop. Fewer police officers were killed on the job in 2015 than the prior year, and while assaults on police rose slightly, they were still lower than any

New NYPD chief earns praise after admitting failure in Bronx police shooting

“We can do better.” That was what New York City Police Commissioner James O’Neill said after an officer shot and killed a 66-year-old mentally disturbed woman in the Bronx on Tuesday night — and some

Stabbing and suicide reported at Alabama prison where inmate strike began

The Alabama prison at the center of the largest inmate labor strike in U.S. history continues to be plagued by violence. One inmate at the William C. Holman Correctional Facility was hospitalized
Notorious ex-governor goes missing as Mexican authorities issue arrest warrant

Notorious ex-governor goes missing as Mexican authorities issue arrest warrant

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto is having a bad year. Historically low approval ratings, a disastrous meeting with Donald Trump, a collapsing peso, rising murder rates, and persistent allegations

Guantanamo guards have high rates of post-traumatic stress, exclusive documents show

Just a few weeks into her deployment as a medic working with detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Navy corpsman Nichole York started having nightmares. “I was being attacked by detainees,” she said of the

More than 6 million Americans can’t vote due to felony convictions

More than 6 million Americans won’t be casting their ballots on Nov. 8 because of state laws restricting the voting rights of people with felony convictions. The country’s disenfranchised population

Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio charged with criminal contempt while running for re-election

Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Arizona, has been formally charged with criminal contempt for flouting a federal judge’s orders in a 2007 racial profiling case. If convicted, the 84-year-old

Jury acquits militia that occupied Oregon wildlife refuge — but the saga is far from over

Few days in federal court are as action-packed as the one that unfolded Thursday in Portland, Oregon. In a stunning conclusion to a five-week trial, a jury acquitted seven defendants who faced a slew

What does it take to convict a cop who kills?

It was April 2015 when Randi McGinn got the call. The district attorney sounded discouraged. Three months earlier, the DA had charged two of the city’s police officers, Keith Sandy and Dominique

One black juror and 11 whites will decide the fate of the cop who killed Walter Scott

An almost entirely white jury will determine the fate of the former police officer who fatally shot Walter Scott, a 50-year-old unarmed black man, as he fled from a traffic stop in North Charleston,

Clarence Thomas postpones Alabama’s execution of 74-year-old man

The state of Alabama was set to execute 74-year-old Thomas Douglas Arthur Thursday night at Holman Correctional Facility, but U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas issued a temporary stay of

Death penalty proponents win in California, Oklahoma, and Nebraska

Even as executions nationwide are at a 25-year low and public support for capital punishment is at a 30-year low, voters in three states on Tuesday chose measures that would preserve and strengthen

Trump’s victory worries federal inmates stuck in prison for minor crimes

While the U.S. watched the presidential election unfold Tuesday, the fate of one group of Americans literally hung in the balance: federal prisoners serving lengthy mandatory sentences for minor

There are no checks

The revelation Montreal police spied on La Presse reporter Patrick Lagacé was the first in a string of bombshells exposing unchecked police surveillance of Quebec journalists. In the weeks since, the

Police officer who shot Philando Castile charged with manslaughter

It was a case that gripped the nation. A police officer in a suburb of St. Paul, Minnesota pulled over Philando Castile on July 6 and fired seven shots after the 32-year-old black man reached for his

Loretta Lynch sees “alarming trends” in hates crimes against Americans

Outgoing Attorney General Loretta Lynch addressed the “alarming trends” in recently released 2015 hate crime data in a video statement posted to YouTube by the Justice Department Friday. Among them,

Prosecutors defend decision not to charge cops in alleged sex assaults in Val-d’Or

It was an emotionally draining morning for Indigenous leaders in Val-d’Or who wanted an explanation for why provincial prosecutors had decided not to lay any charges against police officers accused of

New numbers show provinces in Canada put hundreds of inmates in solitary confinement

The practice of holding inmates in provincial jails in solitary confinement for months at a time happens routinely across Canada, according to new numbers obtained by VICE News that show the issue