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Piper Kerman, the author who created the work that inspired the popular Netflix show, Orange is the New Black, demanded that Congress do something to reform the “patriarchal” criminal justice system in comments at a House committee on Tuesday.
The writer told the House Judiciary Subcommittee hearing that America’s justice system is “built by and for men, governed by policies and procedures developed for male prisoners.”
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“American prisons and jails are built by and for men, governed by policies and procedures developed for male prisoners,” Kerman told a House Judiciary Subcommittee hearing on women and girls in the criminal justice system. “I can assure you there is no institution more hierarchical, dominance-oriented, patriarchal and based on the threat and promise of violence than an American prison. This is not an accident; it is by design.”
The author told the committee that incarceration rates for women have increased at two times the rate for men over the last forty years and that prison stays can “impact” women for the “rest of their lives.”
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Kerman, who spent 13 months behind bars on drug charges...
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