An Unlikely Inmate Looks Back on Her Time in Prison

Thursday, April 08, 2010

When Piper Kerman graduated from Smith College she veered away from the typical middle class lifestyle and chose, for a time, to go a different way. She fell in with a group of charismatic drug smugglers and ended up traveling to fine resorts around the world to help traffic drug money.

On one trip Kerman smuggled a bag full of drug money from the U.S. to Europe. At the time, she seemed to get away with it. Eventually Kerman came back home and settled into a more normal career. Five years later federal officials arrested her for drug smuggling, to which she pled guilty and served a year in prison.

Piper Kerman looks back on her experience in her new book, Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison.”  She says that after meeting women in prison who had problems related to drug addiction and the drug trade, she learned that crime, including her own crime, is born out of an indifference to human suffering.


Piper Kerman

Produced by:

Jen Poyant

Comments [2]

David Maron from NYC

Just as Ms. Kerman was going to describe the best advice her attorney gave her about surviving jail, a huge truck horn blared and we missed the point. What was it?

Apr. 08 2010 01:15 PM
Rick Evans from Taxachusetts

I heard Ms. Kerman interviewed about her book a couple of days ago and applaud her characterization of criminals as people who act without regard to the harm they do others; thus rejecting the usual bleeding heart apologist's socioeconomic excuse making.

That said, the idea that women are getting some kind of unfair justice compared to men because they can't afford good private lawyers is beyond laughable. Jails are full of low or no income accused men waiting trial because they can't afford to make bail. Evidently her middle class, Ivy educated tail could, thus getting to spend her six years waiting for adjudication.

Apr. 08 2010 10:14 AM

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