Piper Kerman, the author of the book that inspired the hit Netflix show Orange Is the New Black, told a congressional committee Tuesday that the federal prison system should adopt gender-specific policies to better address the challenges women inmates face.
“When I was locked up in Danbury I knew women who were trying to raise their children during brief reunions in the visitors’ room while fending off sexual harassment and struggling with addiction and trying to get a high school education so that when they got out they stood some chance of surviving despite their felony conviction,” she told the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Mashable reports.
This is not the first time Kerman, who published Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison in 2010, has testified on Capitol Hill. Since serving 13 months out of a 15-month sentence in a Danbury, Ct…
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