Book Summary: Orange Is The New Black

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Piper Kerman, author of Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison, spoke at Indiana University about how her time incarcerated has led her to a life as an activist for women’s prisons. In 1998, Kerman was charged with drug smuggling and money laundering for a crime she had committed years earlier with ex-girlfriend Nora Jansen. She plead guilty to the charges and was sentenced to 15 months in prison starting on Feb. 4, 2004. Kerman’s 15 months in prison were so eye-opening and life-changing that she decided to write a book about her story. 600 fans, students, and reporters alike gathered in Alumni Hall at the Indiana Memorial Union on Tuesday, Sept. 29 to hear Kerman speak. “My story is not exactly like the show portrays.” Kerman said. She is the executive producer of the Netflix Original Series “Orange is the New Black,” which is based loosely on her time in prison.…show more content…
She explained how it was a very tribal community. “Each race sticks with their tribe.” She said, “Finding your place inside the prison community is essential to your time there.” Kerman’s main focus of her speech was about the injustice of the federal prison system. She is extremely dissatisfied with the fact that “25% of the world’s prison population is in the U.S.” and how “1/3 of all women incarcerated are in the U.S.” Her statistics were shocking. “The growth of incarcerated women in the last 30 to 40 years has increased by 650%” she

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