The popular Netflix series, Orange is the New Black, is based on real-life experiences in Piper Kerman’s memoir about the year she spent in prison for her participation in an international drug smuggling caper. The show is designed to humanize women behind bars—to show they are not an amorphous group of derelicts and that some people who wind up in prison really don’t need to be there. Regardless of where you might stand on the need to incarcerate as many people as we do in the United States—truth is without shows like Orange and Oz, the vast majority of Americans would pay little attention to the millions languishing behind bars.
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