The Moment President Obama First Meets Federal Inmates: Fixing the System (Teaser)



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Check out an exclusive clip from VICE and HBO’s upcoming special on criminal justice in the US: ‘Fixing The System’ — it will air September 27. Watch the full trailer:

In the first clip to go live from the special, we see the moment that President Obama meets the inmates and sits down with them for an in-depth conversation. Stay tuned for more prison coverage in the weeks to come, and watch the full-length special this Sunday on HBO.

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The special offers a panoramic perspective on crime and punishment, and will follow all the key characters in America’s sprawling justice system, including prisoners and their families, members of the judiciary, and community reformers.

It will be hosted by VICE founder and correspondent, Shane Smith, and will also feature President Barack Obama’s historic tour of El Reno Federal Correctional Institution in Oklahoma in July, where he met with inmates and prison officials.

“There’s an emerging consensus in this country — on both the right and the left — that the way we treat criminal offenders is utterly broken and weakening our society in profound ways,” Smith said, explaining the significance of the documentary.

In filming the special, President Obama became the first sitting President to visit a federal prison, signaling that criminal justice reform is a top priority in the final stretch of his presidency. At the medium-security prison for male offenders, Obama met with six inmates. He said the men’s stories and the mistakes they made were not dissimilar to those the president made in his own youth, when he admittedly smoked pot and used cocaine.

America needs to distinguish between violent criminals and people “doing stupid things,” Obama said, adding that many young people who end up in prison for nonviolent drug crimes grew up in environments where drug trafficking is prevalent. Giving those people decades-long sentences is what is contributing to the country’s overcrowded prison system, and more resources should be directed to education, support, and rehabilitation, he said.

“I am really interested in the possibilities, the prospect of bipartisan legislation around the criminal justice system,” the president told reporters on June 30. “And we’ve seen some really interesting leadership from some unlikely Republican legislators very sincerely concerned about making progress there.”

The special is the latest in VICE’s ongoing coverage of what has become a major civil rights and reform issue in the United States.

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VICE Special Report on Prisons: ‘Fixing The System’ (Trailer)



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Check out the trailer for VICE and HBO’s upcoming special on criminal justice in the US: Fixing The System — it will air September 27. Watch the Moment President Obama First Meets Federal Inmates:

Watch VICE on HBO Season 1:
Watch VICE on HBO Season 2:

The special offers a panoramic perspective on crime and punishment, and will follow all the key characters in America’s sprawling justice system, including prisoners and their families, members of the judiciary, and community reformers.

It will be hosted by VICE founder and correspondent, Shane Smith, and will also feature President Barack Obama’s historic tour of El Reno Federal Correctional Institution in Oklahoma in July, where he met with inmates and prison officials.

“There’s an emerging consensus in this country — on both the right and the left — that the way we treat criminal offenders is utterly broken and weakening our society in profound ways,” Smith said, explaining the significance of the documentary.

In filming the special, President Obama became the first sitting President to visit a federal prison, signaling that criminal justice reform is a top priority in the final stretch of his presidency. At the medium-security prison for male offenders, Obama met with six inmates. He said the men’s stories and the mistakes they made were not dissimilar to those the president made in his own youth, when he admittedly smoked pot and used cocaine.

America needs to distinguish between violent criminals and people “doing stupid things,” Obama said, adding that many young people who end up in prison for nonviolent drug crimes grew up in environments where drug trafficking is prevalent. Giving those people decades-long sentences is what is contributing to the country’s overcrowded prison system, and more resources should be directed to education, support, and rehabilitation, he said.

“I am really interested in the possibilities, the prospect of bipartisan legislation around the criminal justice system,” the president told reporters on June 30. “And we’ve seen some really interesting leadership from some unlikely Republican legislators very sincerely concerned about making progress there.”

The special is the latest in VICE’s ongoing coverage of what has become a major civil rights and reform issue in the United States.

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Polygamist Mafia: Escaping The Kingston Clan



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Although the mainstream Mormon church abandoned polygamy over 100 years ago, many splinter groups across Utah still practice plural marriage. One such group is the Kingston Clan, known to members as The Order. The Kingstons live in Salt Lake City and run their religion like a secretive business empire.

VICE meets Joe Robinson, a young man banished from The Order and trying to build a new life around his true passion: being a magician.

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Inside Colombia’s Temple of Lucifer



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Víctor Damián Rozo claims to be the very son of the devil and has built a temple in Colombia dedicated to worshiping Satan. More than ten years ago, Rozo renounced his Catholic religion to give his life to Lucifer, who he considers to be the only true god. Since then, his mission has been to recruit Luciferian parishioners, congregate them in his temple, and link their souls with the devil.

On this episode of ‘VICE INTL,’ we traveled to Rozo’s temple to be initiated in a bombastic ceremony of satanist purification.

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Curtis May Interviews Virginia Beach, VA Church Pastoral Team



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Curtis May interviews the GCI (Grace Communion International) Virginia Beach, Virginia Church Pastoral Team.

WTVY Interviews Living Hope Ministry, Dothan, Alabama



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Living Hope is a ministry of Dothan Vineyard Church . . . the realization of a 15year long vision of its pastor, Lyle Peluso. Living Hope exists to minister to the practical needs of the Wiregrass Area where Vineyard Church is located. Come visit us, volunteer to help, donate food, clothes, furniture, financial support . . . Refer someone who is in need. God has called to be a servant in our community to minister to the broken, poor, oppressed, the downcast, the addicted – Jesus comes to set us free.

Gun School: Church and School Security (VICE on HBO Ep. #3 Extended)



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While visiting New Life Baptist Church and Academy in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Thomas Morton gets to experience a first hand drill of what a fully loaded security team can do to anyone who tried to invade them.

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d2design Interviews Wesley Odum from Dynamic Church in Chattanooga, Tennessee



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d2design Interviews Wesley Odum from Dynamic Church in Chattanooga, Tennessee