Vice Magazine launched a brilliant new series this week, called 'Behind The Bars'. It marks the introduction of the magazine's digital redesign and is part of a wider project dedicated to examining the effects – cultural, economical, psychological – that imprisonment has on contemporary societies. Guantánamo Bay, 'the planet's most notorious detainment camp' is the locus of its first edition, which contains new writing from three prisoners who have been cleared of all offences yet remain imprisoned, alongside contributions from established authors, including John Le Carre and Irvine Welsh, about why their books have been banned by the prison authorities.
According to the editor: 'These prisoners have loomed large over America, its allies and its enemies since the day the prison was built. To human rights campaigners, they are an exemplar of contemporary cruelty; to the brutal forces of Al Qaeda and the Islamic State, they are an excuse for crimes aimed at the West.'
To explore the fascinating selection of articles, click on the image below.