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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I spent from 22-27 in a Georgia maximum security prison. seven, almost eight years later I'm still out. (Over ten years now) I was lucky enough to go to a transitional center my last year, and was able to work at an outside job and save money. Was able to secure a good job upon release, and can now finally go a 24 hour period without being reminded that I was once in prison. jobs and hope are the cure for recidivism. now, I have good credit. a brand new crew cab silverado, an American express, and a bright future. now, when I meet someone new, and I tell them about my past, they initially refuse to believe that I spent half of my 20s inn prison. if it weren't for the transitional center and job, there's a high likelihood that I'd be sitting in another maximum security prison.

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Author — Mitch !


i did one state prison term and when i parrolled i said im never coming back and all the inmates said o you willl, i been out 20 years and i never went back, its possible

Author — Suave13 Inlnd


That’s the wardenest warden I’ve ever seen.

Author — Ustahpritenow


I wish that after a while felonies are removed from our records. I haven't been down in almost 10 years and my felonies hold me back from alot of stuff. Housing, and jobs. It makes it tough to navigate through life. I live on my uncles land now and I'm a kitchen manager but I recently had an interview at a university for maintenance. The job had retirement and benefits. I was hired and then they ran my background. Back to the kitchen I went. I deserve a chance at a normal life. So does my 6 year old daughter

Author — Roger Shreds


These old documentaries are so good, really makes me sad to see what vice has turned into.

Author — Silent King 555


this reporter reminds me of the teacher that tries too hard to be cool

Author — De Pinto


i can’t believe he just laid on someones bed... with his shoes on 😂 the disrespect

Author — kaylah


"So when yall gettin out?" "Were all lifers" "So who gettin out soon?" "Were all lifers" "So who eligible for parole soon?"

Author — rick florence


I'm so glad his parents are still alive to see him get released after 15 years.

Author — Sekina G


Not gonna lie, got a little emotional when my man got released. After 15 years, I can only imagine. Congrats ✊

Author — Anthony Hernandez


"Im assuming this is called a stab vest because it is to protect me against be stabbed" im gunna go out on a limb here and say ya

Author — Derek Weinert TV


The warden sounds like Patrick Star on steroids 🤣😂😭 "hey spongebob you wanna go jellyfishing"

Author — Marcie F.


Bro wanted a pulled pork sandwich from Carl's Junior before seeing his grandson, that's the move 😂

Author — Zucccs The GOAT


It's our fault we have so many bad criminals, when you put a pot dealer with murderers and raspiest it will make him step up to the plate to survive and now we have 3 violent men instead of 2

Author — Jose leon,jr


He violated big time jumping up on that bunk with them shoes on.

Author — Zack Lariviere



Author — pinkberry consumer


Amazing how they talk about rehabilitation as if it's radical when many other countries have been taking that approach for decades

Author — Ana


“I got nine left... I little bit of time “ damn

Author — Yung Sorrow


They will never stop building USA prisons too much money in it.

Author — Sabir Abdul-Lateef


In 1999, my favorite second cousin was released after doing 15 years. I got him a job and some clothes. One of the things I remembered is that he was in a hurry to do everything . I was young at the time and I was not aware of how valuable "time" is. I thought that providing him with a job(money) was something that should have satisfied him completely; that is when I learned that time is something that you never get back. I hope this brother at the end of the video is still on the streets. By the way, my cousin did NOT reoffend and has been on the streets for over 20 years.

Author — Darrell McCall