Murder, Mayhem, and Meditation (Full Length)

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America is locking up more people than any other nation on earth. Home to just 5 percent of the world’s total population, the United States houses more than 20 percent of the world’s prisoners. In the last three decades, fueled in large part by a national drug policy and legislation like three strikes laws, America has imprisoned more people in local jails, federal penitentiaries, and private correctional facilities than Stalin put in the Gulags. New court rulings have declared overcrowded prisons to be unconstitutional, and the sheer cost of incarceration is forcing prisons to let prisoners back out on the streets.

VICE News was granted rare access to go inside one of the most maximum-security prisons in the country, a place that’s on the frontline of what could be a sea change in prison policy. Salinas Valley State Prison is home to America’s most powerful prison gangs including the Aryan Brotherhood and Mexican Mafia. It’s a place that’s projected to have more than 700 assaults this year. In an institution that houses the worst of the worst, we see how one maverick warden is trying to turn the system around by rehabilitating murderers before they get returned to the streets.
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Getting Out: Murder, Mayhem, and Meditation (Part 5)

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America is locking up more people than any other nation on earth. Home to just 5 percent of the world’s total population, the United States houses more than 20 percent of the world’s prisoners. In the last three decades, fueled in large part by a national drug policy and legislation like three strikes laws, America has imprisoned more people in local jails, federal penitentiaries, and private correctional facilities than Stalin put in the Gulags. New court rulings have declared overcrowded prisons to be unconstitutional, and the sheer cost of incarceration is forcing prisons to let prisoners back out on the streets.

VICE News was granted rare access to go inside one of the most maximum-security prisons in the country, a place that’s on the frontline of what could be a sea change in prison policy. Salinas Valley State Prison is home to America’s most powerful prison gangs including the Aryan Brotherhood and Mexican Mafia. It’s a place that’s projected to have more than 700 assaults this year. In an institution that houses the worst of the worst, we see how one maverick warden is trying to turn the system around by rehabilitating murderers before they get returned to the streets.

Inside Maximum Security: Murder, Mayhem, and Meditation (Part 1): http://bit.ly/VcZLne
The Grip of the Gangs: Murder, Mayhem, and Meditation (Part 2): http://bit.ly/VFjBYE
Goodbye to the Mafia: Murder, Mayhem, and Meditation (Part 3): http://bit.ly/TFey8R
A Thousand Lifers: Murder, Mayhem, and Meditation (Part 4): http://bit.ly/1kjwAo1
Getting Out: Murder, Mayhem, and Meditation (Part 5): http://bit.ly/1olIn7W

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America’s Deported Veterans: La Frontera

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There are soldiers and marines that have served the United States even though they were not born in the country. Some of them entered the US by crossing the border illegally, but after being promised citizenship in exchange for their service, they enlisted. Some of them have risked their lives on the front lines in wars like Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan. Today they find themselves deported to Mexico after having committed a crime, like cashing checks without funds, shooting a firearm or driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Many suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder after having served the United States on the ground and have, since their deportation, lost the right to receive medical attention.

We went to Tijuana to meet a group of veterans who have been expelled by the U.S. Government. Héctor Barajas, a former paratrooper for the U.S. Army, has seen with his own eyes just how difficult life is for the veterans who have been expelled from their country. After living in Tijuana’s El Bordo river canal, he decided to leave his addictions behind and start a shelter for deported veterans. The Bunker, as the site is known, has the capacity to host up to 5 veterans who have been deported to Tijuana.

Hector and another 20 veterans are in Mexico fighting for the U.S. to acknowledge their service, grant them the citizenship that was promised to them when they decided to serve in the Armed Forces and allow them to return to what they consider to be their country. Every month they station themselves at the San Ysidro international border, to expose both Mexicans and Americans to their story.

They are just some of the 2 million Mexicans who have been deported under the Obama Administration.

America’s Veteran Crisis: Abandoned At Home: http://bit.ly/1qQCsdR

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A Thousand Lifers: Murder, Mayhem, and Meditation (Part 4)

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America is locking up more people than any other nation on earth. Home to just 5 percent of the world’s total population, the United States houses more than 20 percent of the world’s prisoners. In the last three decades, fueled in large part by a national drug policy and legislation like three strikes laws, America has imprisoned more people in local jails, federal penitentiaries, and private correctional facilities than Stalin put in the Gulags. New court rulings have declared overcrowded prisons to be unconstitutional, and the sheer cost of incarceration is forcing prisons to let prisoners back out on the streets.

VICE News was granted rare access to go inside one of the most maximum-security prisons in the country, a place that’s on the frontline of what could be a sea change in prison policy. Salinas Valley State Prison is home to America’s most powerful prison gangs including the Aryan Brotherhood and Mexican Mafia. It’s a place that’s projected to have more than 700 assaults this year. In an institution that houses the worst of the worst, we see how one maverick warden is trying to turn the system around by rehabilitating murderers before they get returned to the streets.

Inside Maximum Security: Murder, Mayhem, and Meditation (Part 1): http://bit.ly/VcZLne
The Grip of the Gangs: Murder, Mayhem, and Meditation (Part 2): http://bit.ly/VFjBYE
Goodbye to the Mafia: Murder, Mayhem, and Meditation (Part 3): http://bit.ly/TFey8R
A Thousand Lifers: Murder, Mayhem, and Meditation (Part 4): http://bit.ly/1kjwAo1
Getting Out: Murder, Mayhem, and Meditation (Part 5): http://bit.ly/1olIn7W

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Goodbye to the Mafia: Murder, Mayhem, and Meditation (Part 3)

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America is locking up more people than any other nation on earth. Home to just 5 percent of the world’s total population, the United States houses more than 20 percent of the world’s prisoners. In the last three decades, fueled in large part by a national drug policy and legislation like three strikes laws, America has imprisoned more people in local jails, federal penitentiaries, and private correctional facilities than Stalin put in the Gulags. New court rulings have declared overcrowded prisons to be unconstitutional, and the sheer cost of incarceration is forcing prisons to let prisoners back out on the streets.

VICE News was granted rare access to go inside one of the most maximum-security prisons in the country, a place that’s on the frontline of what could be a sea change in prison policy. Salinas Valley State Prison is home to America’s most powerful prison gangs including the Aryan Brotherhood and Mexican Mafia. It’s a place that’s projected to have more than 700 assaults this year. In an institution that houses the worst of the worst, we see how one maverick warden is trying to turn the system around by rehabilitating murderers before they get returned to the streets.

Inside Maximum Security: Murder, Mayhem, and Meditation (Part 1): http://bit.ly/VcZLne
The Grip of the Gangs: Murder, Mayhem, and Meditation (Part 2): http://bit.ly/VFjBYE
Goodbye to the Mafia: Murder, Mayhem, and Meditation (Part 3): http://bit.ly/TFey8R
A Thousand Lifers: Murder, Mayhem, and Meditation (Part 4): http://bit.ly/1kjwAo1
Getting Out: Murder, Mayhem, and Meditation (Part 5): http://bit.ly/1olIn7W

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The Grip of the Gangs: Murder, Mayhem, and Meditation (Part 2)

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America is locking up more people than any other nation on earth. Home to just 5 percent of the world’s total population, the United States houses more than 20 percent of the world’s prisoners. In the last three decades, fueled in large part by a national drug policy and legislation like three strikes laws, America has imprisoned more people in local jails, federal penitentiaries, and private correctional facilities than Stalin put in the Gulags. New court rulings have declared overcrowded prisons to be unconstitutional, and the sheer cost of incarceration is forcing prisons to let prisoners back out on the streets.

VICE News was granted rare access to go inside one of the most maximum-security prisons in the country, a place that’s on the frontline of what could be a sea change in prison policy. Salinas Valley State Prison is home to America’s most powerful prison gangs including the Aryan Brotherhood and Mexican Mafia. It’s a place that’s projected to have more than 700 assaults this year. In an institution that houses the worst of the worst, we see how one maverick warden is trying to turn the system around by rehabilitating murderers before they get returned to the streets.

Inside Maximum Security: Murder, Mayhem, and Meditation (Part 1): http://bit.ly/VcZLne
The Grip of the Gangs: Murder, Mayhem, and Meditation (Part 2): http://bit.ly/VFjBYE
Goodbye to the Mafia: Murder, Mayhem, and Meditation (Part 3): http://bit.ly/TFey8R
A Thousand Lifers: Murder, Mayhem, and Meditation (Part 4): http://bit.ly/1kjwAo1
Getting Out: Murder, Mayhem, and Meditation (Part 5): http://bit.ly/1olIn7W

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Inside Maximum Security Prison: Murder, Mayhem, and Meditation (Part 1)

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America is locking up more people than any other nation on earth. Home to just 5 percent of the world’s total population, the United States houses more than 20 percent of the world’s prisoners. In the last three decades, fueled in large part by a national drug policy and legislation like three strikes laws, America has imprisoned more people in local jails, federal penitentiaries, and private correctional facilities than Stalin put in the Gulags. New court rulings have declared overcrowded prisons to be unconstitutional, and the sheer cost of incarceration is forcing prisons to let prisoners back out on the streets.

VICE News was granted rare access to go inside one of the most maximum-security prisons in the country, a place that’s on the frontline of what could be a sea change in prison policy. Salinas Valley State Prison is home to America’s most powerful prison gangs including the Aryan Brotherhood and Mexican Mafia. It’s a place that’s projected to have more than 700 assaults this year. In an institution that houses the worst of the worst, we see how one maverick warden is trying to turn the system around by rehabilitating murderers before they get returned to the streets.

Inside Maximum Security: Murder, Mayhem, and Meditation (Part 1): http://bit.ly/VcZLne
The Grip of the Gangs: Murder, Mayhem, and Meditation (Part 2): http://bit.ly/VFjBYE
Goodbye to the Mafia: Murder, Mayhem, and Meditation (Part 3): http://bit.ly/TFey8R
A Thousand Lifers: Murder, Mayhem, and Meditation (Part 4): http://bit.ly/1kjwAo1
Getting Out: Murder, Mayhem, and Meditation (Part 5): http://bit.ly/1olIn7W

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Mexico’s Immigrant Oasis: Last Stop Before the Border

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The town of Altar, Sonora, is the last stop for thousands of migrants who plan to illegally cross the border that separates Mexico and the United States in search of a better life. Here, the economy revolves around migration. Along its streets we can find everything from special slippers to avoid detection by motion sensors installed in the Arizona desert, camouflage clothing to avoid being spotted by Border Patrol agents, backpacks, gloves, and even contraceptives for the women — as it is estimated that 80 percent of them will be raped during their journey.

We wanted to know how difficult this crossing is for the migrants. It involves walking across the desert for days on end, abuse at the hands of human traffickers, and being hunted by Border Patrol agents. VICE news visited the Sasabe desert, between Sonora and Arizona, which registers temperatures of up to 120 degrees during the day and drops below 30 degrees at night. In this hellhole, the migrants may run into Father Prisciliano Peraza, a cowboy who apart from delivering mass, also travels through the desert in his pickup truck, dropping off supplies to those attempting to cross the border — to help them avoid meeting their death during the attempt.

Undocumented Immigrant Remains Found in South Texas ‘Mass Graves’: http://bit.ly/1iFYXS9

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Corruption, Cocaine and Murder in Trinidad

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Around midnight on May 3, Dana Seetahal, a prominent attorney and former senator in Trinidad and Tobago, had just left a casino in the capital of Port of Spain when her vehicle was stopped by another car blocking the road. A van pulled up alongside and let loose a burst of gunfire, killing her in a well orchestrated hit.

Her murder was one of approximately 170 that have occurred in the Caribbean nation so far this year, putting it on course for one of the highest murder rates in the world. The country saw only 93 murders in 1999. Last year, there were 407.

VICE News visited the slums of Port of Spain and spoke with police, activists, community leaders, and gangsters to understand the country’s decade-plus spike in killings. Many of the murders are attributed to ruthless and politically connected street gangs who control territories that are sometimes no larger than a city block. The gangs fight over lucrative government contracts meant to provide social services and combat unemployment.

But gang violence is merely a symptom of a bigger problem. Trinidad has become an important stop for drugs headed to West Africa and the United States. Many observers point to “the big fish” — the nameless political and business elites who are behind drug trafficking and the culture of endemic corruption and murder that come with it. They are accused of turning a country rich in oil and gas deposits into their own personal narco-state, fostering impunity through a web of bribes and murders. Unlike the profits from the energy industry, however, this phenomenon trickles all the way down to the street level.

Check out VICE News’ coverage of the situation in Venezuela: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLw613M86o5o7JMOImqZ6tGwK7kkzufe0S

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VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines – April 17, 2014.

The VICE News Capsule is a daily roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: an Al Qaeda leader threatens the US in a new video, doctors in Syria are battling a flesh-eating disease, diplomats descend on Geneva for Ukraine talks, and protests over coastal developments in Dakar.

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Al Qaeda Leader Threatens the US in New Video
The leader of Al Qaeda’s Yemen branch has threatened to attack the United States in a new video showing what could be the group’s largest gathering ever.

Doctors Battling Flesh Eating Disease
As if they didn’t already have enough to deal with, doctors in Syria are now battling a flesh-eating disease that has infected over 300 people in a single province.

Diplomats Descend on Geneva for Ukraine Talks
High-level diplomats from Russia, the US and Europe have arrived in Geneva for talks aimed at solving the Ukraine’s political crisis.

Protests Over Coastal Developments in Dakar
A protest against a new beachfront development turned violent in Senegal’s capital Dakar, after police fired tear gas to control crowds and arrested 24 people.

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