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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

Two prisoners on the run after escaping from a UK jail

It has not been a good week for the UK prison system. Just days after it was announced that an extra 2,500 prison officers are to be recruited to tackle “unacceptable” levels of violence in jails,

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

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

Canada’s prison guards warn of jail ‘crisis’

The Ontario government is under fire to fix the province’s prisons. First came the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre, so overcrowded that inmates were being housed in showers. Then a revelation that

New satellite images reveal North Korean prison camps

"...they executed people once a week, which we were forced to watch."

Mental health is an issue for more than one-quarter of Ontario’s prison population

More than a quarter of Ontario’s prison population has been flagged for a possible mental health issue, according to new numbers provided to VICE News in the days after an inmate diagnosed with
Send A Holiday Card To A Prison Rape Survivor

Send A Holiday Card To A Prison Rape Survivor

There are many worthy charities to redeem your soul this holiday season, and here is one that doesn’t cost anything: you can send a holiday card to a survivor of prison rape. Read more...

Lethal injection leaves Alabama inmate partially conscious for 13 minutes during execution

A prison inmate executed in Alabama Thursday night appeared to remain partially conscious for about 13 minutes after receiving a lethal injection shot, a grisly incident that raises further questions

A grieving mother plans to sue the Ontario jail where her son committed suicide

The mother of a young mentally ill man who hanged himself inside an Ottawa jail is vowing to take on the provincial prison system that she says failed him repeatedly. Justin St. Amour passed away on

California has a new plan to stop contraband cell phones in prisons

The California Department of Corrections is launching an ambitious new program to stop the inflow of contraband cell phones into the state’s prison system — and the nation’s largest prison phone

Unthanksgiving and the occupation of Alcatraz by American Natives

One post about two important stories: a series of excellent webinars dedicated to art&activism and a few words about the origins of Unthanksgiving Day!

A big private prison operator may have illegally funded a Trump super PAC

Few organizations stand to benefit from Donald Trump’s presidency as much as the GEO Group. It’s one of the largest private prison operators in the United States — and it’s accused of breaking the law

Prisons basically ignore the Americans With Disabilities Act, leaving a third of inmates facing abuse and neglect

Prisons across the U.S. routinely flout the Americans With Disabilities Act, subjecting thousands of inmates with physical and mental health problems to painful and sometimes humiliating conditions,

The number of adults in the U.S. corrections system hit a 13-year low last year

The number of adults under correctional supervision in the U.S. fell to the lowest level since 2002 in 2015, driven by a drop in people on probation, according to a report from the Bureau of Justice

This could be the year that prison reform comes to Ontario

After a year that exposed staffing shortages, overcrowding and the disturbing use of solitary confinement in Canadian prisons, a pair of inquests this month will shine more light on the issues

13th. Repackaging slavery

The documentary 13th argues that the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which abolished slavery except as “punishment for crime,” has not outlawed the practice of slavery. It has merely

President Obama’s latest message to Trump: Don’t stop criminal justice reform.

It’s unlikely that the next president will heed the call.CREDIT: AP Photo/Pablo Martinez MonsivaisWith 15 days left in his second term and Republicans threatening to undo some his biggest political

How Guantanamo Bay is preparing for a Trump presidency

This segment originally aired Dec. 16, 2016, on VICE News Tonight on HBO. President Barack Obama promised on his third day in office that he would close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility, but he