Orange Is The New Black...But It's Still Orange

Aug 19, 2013

Prison Cell
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Piper Kerman brought a suitcase of cash across international borders as the 20-year-old girlfriend of an international drug trafficker.

By the time she was 34, Piper outgrew her need for adventure, but not the crime that landed her in prison more than a decade later, despite that she was living a respectable life with a boyfriend, family, and artisanal soap business in New York City's West Village.

Orange is the New Black is the hit Netflix production of Piper's incarceration, inspired by the book she wrote about her time as an inmate in Connecticut's Danbury Correctional Facility after being freed in 2005.

While the Netflix production is getting widespread attention around the country, that attention is particularly poignant for Connecticut residents whose legislators recently put a temporary freeze on the transfer of over 1,100 female inmates from Danbury to Aliceville, Alabama, a destination far from the family and community they need.

On August 5, Where We Live talked about these women. 

On Wednesday, August 21, The Colin McEnroe Show will further explore the plight of non-violent female offenders. Is prison the best we can do?

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