Orange Is the New Black
Much like Susanna in Girl Interrupted, Piper is a privileged protagonist. As her story unfolds, she exposes the different faces of privilege through her interactions with fellow inmates. Issues of race, sexuality, mental health and poverty are explored. Some of the women will have options when they are released, others will not.
The Library has several other titles about women serving time. A World Apart by Cristina Rathbone is not only a memoir but a call for social justice. Inside This Place, Not Of It is a collection of narratives from women in prison. There is also a compelling documentary titled What I Want My Words To Do To You. Produced by Eve Ensler, the film follows fifteen women serving time for murder as they participate in a writing workshop.
In May 2013, the Denver Post reported Colorado has the highest rate of inmate sexual assaults by correctional staff. A month later, The Atlantic reviewed world-wide prison statistics and noted "about one-fourth of all incarcerated people on Earth is in the U.S....the land of the free has become the home of the jailed." Orange Is The New Black holds a compact mirror up to a messy problem.