The real Piper of ‘Orange is the New Black’ visits Congress to stand up for women prisoners

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Earlier this week, Piper Kerman, the famous author of the book Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison, which inspired the hit Netflix series, journeyed to Capitol Hill and and pushed for lawmakers to make women in the federal prison system a priority. Kerman testified before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee saying, “One of the things that was so striking to me the very first day that I spent in prison was that so many of the women that I was incarcerated with who I would spend a great deal of time with were serving much harsher sentences than I was.” Kerman attributed many of her observations regarding the harsher treatment of her fellow inmates to racial discrimination saying, “The only conclusion I could draw was that they had been treated much more harshly by the American criminal justice system … in some cases because of the color of their skin.”

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