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The Real Orange Is The New Black: Six Experts Speak Out About Women in Prison

Ravishly | Posted 10.22.2014 | Women
Ravishly

Six experts entrenched in the system -- from the executive director of a prison reform organization, to a forensic psychologist, to a prison arts teacher -- were asked this question: What can we do to affect systemic change for women in prison? Here's what they had to say...

The Shocking Truth About Women In U.S. Prisons

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 10.01.2014 | Women

The U.S. has a serious female prisoner problem. According to the International Centre for Prison Studies, there are 201,200 women incarcerated in t...

Hang Out With 'Orange Is The New Black' Cast And Help Support Real Women In Prison

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 08.28.2014 | Impact

The fictitious ladies of Litchfield Correctional Facility are putting their on-camera differences aside for real women facing the realities of life be...

The Number Of Women Behind Bars Is Skyrocketing, And Here's The Upsetting Result

The Huffington Post | Emily Thomas | Posted 07.29.2014 | Crime

For many Americans, the Netflix hit series "Orange Is the New Black" was their first introduction to the inner world of female incarceration. The show...

Re-Wiring Orange is the New Black

Shabnam Javdani | Posted 08.27.2014 | Entertainment
Shabnam Javdani

I want to watch a show that criticizes our reliance on incarceration, not one that depicts a jumpsuit as an item every woman needs in her closet. That helps viewers see how an unequal social playing field can set women up for failure, not one that highlights women's faulty individual choices.

When It's Time to Dump Your Toxic Boss

Carlota Zimmerman | Posted 06.21.2014 | Business
Carlota Zimmerman

The thing about septic workplaces is that, like a particularly bad cult, they take over your mind, they destroy your confidence, and thus they have the power to inflict life-long damage on your career, and by extension, your personal life.

Becoming the Healing Vigilante: The Beginning

Aimee Le Zakrewski Clark | Posted 05.06.2014 | Impact
Aimee Le Zakrewski Clark

When she introduced me, a tough looking inmate (*Tanesha) immediately tried to intimidate me. She scoffed and asked me if I'd ever been an addict. Pretty soon most of the women in the room were smirking at me. Boom -- judged. And I hadn't even said a word yet.

'Orange' Author's Impassioned Argument About Women In Prison

Posted 08.15.2013 | Women

Piper Kerman put a spotlight on incarcerated women with her memoir, "Orange Is The New Black: My Year In A Women's Prison," and the critically-acclaim...

'Orange Is the New Black' Is My New Netflix Addiction

Maureen Ryan | Posted 09.09.2013 | TV
Maureen Ryan

The entertaining prison drama "Orange Is the New Black" manages to be both subversive and serious, both sweet and viciously barbed.

WATCH: I Spent A Year In A Women's Prison

Posted 07.09.2013 | Women

Piper Kerman wasn't sure what to expect on her first day in prison. The author of the memoir "Orange Is The New Black," which was turned into a Netfli...

Huge Change In Percentage Of Black Women In Prison

Posted 03.06.2013 | Crime

The percentage of African American women versus white women behind bars dropped nearly in half between 2000 and 2009, according to a report by The Sen...

"Locked in This Little Room, Things Get to You"

Deborah Jiang-Stein | Posted 04.24.2012 | Books
Deborah Jiang-Stein

For ten years off and on I've sat face-to-face with incarcerated women in various U.S. state and federal facilities, allowed private meetings with nothing but my tape recorder.

Giving Thanks and Taking Action

K. Sujata | Posted 01.09.2012 | Chicago
K. Sujata

This year Chicago-area organizations have made impressive breakthroughs on seemingly intractable issues. As Thanksgiving nears, let's take time to be thankful for the progress we've made in 2011.

'Dirty Girl': A New Movie Shines a Light on an Old Problem

Laurel Kaufer | Posted 12.26.2011 | Women
Laurel Kaufer

The film "Dirty Girl" highlights a form of abuse for which there is no obvious evidence, bruises or broken bones, only the remnants of a tortured and broken spirit.

Inmate Moms To Gain Early Release

AP | DON THOMPSON | Posted 11.13.2011 | San Francisco

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — More than 4,000 female inmates in California could qualify to serve the rest of their sentences at home, as state officials...

Chicago Group Gives Books To Women In Prison

ABC Chicago | Posted 05.31.2011 | Chicago

Books are a hot commodity for incarcerated women, so a group of volunteers is doing its part to make sure they have something to read. The group Ch...

Hilary Swank Pushes Churches To Reach Out To Prisoners

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Rebecca Cusey Religion News Service (RNS) Jesus left his followers with precious few commands: love thy neighbor, feed the hungry, clothe the nake...