For all its entertainment value, Orange Is the New Black has also served a greater purpose: shining a light on the sharp increase in incarcerations among women and minorities in the United States. What started out as a memoir for author Piper Kerman after living behind bars for a year in a Connecticut prison, turned into a dramedy TV adaptation that has garnered a cult following and now even become a cause for her. Kerman now serves on the board of the Women's Prison Association and frequently speaks to students and Congress alike about what's really happening in America's correctional facilities. Here, background on the series and the growth of the prison system.
How 'OITNB' Is Shedding Light on Imprisonment Issues Among Women, Minorities
We've now got a whole industry dedicated to keeping people behind bars.