Piper Kerman On Her Story That Inspired The Netflix Series "Orange Is The New Black"

Author Piper Kerman attends the Netflix Presents 'Orange Is The New Black' Special Screening at AMC Loews Broadway 4 on June 17, 2013 in Santa Monica, California.  - Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Netflix

Author Piper Kerman attends the Netflix Presents 'Orange Is The New Black' Special Screening at AMC Loews Broadway 4 on June 17, 2013 in Santa Monica, California.

Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Netflix

Piper Kerman On Her Story That Inspired The Netflix Series "Orange Is The New Black"

As the second season of "Orange Is The New Black" premiers on Netflix, the woman that inspired the series, Piper Kerman, joins Diane to talk about her experience behind bars and her work on prison reform.

Piper Kerman was 24 and a new graduate of Smith College when she smuggled a suitcase of drug money across international borders. A decade later, that day came back to haunt her, tearing her away from a privileged life and landing her in a Connecticut prison. Kerman’s memoir “Orange Is The New Black: My Year In A Women’s Prison” documented her 13 months behind bars and became the basis for the popular Netflix series. The second season was released this past Friday. Drawing from her own experience, Kerman now dedicates much of her time to advocating for prison reform and awareness about female incarceration. Piper Kerman joins Diane in studio.

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Piper Kerman

author, "Orange Is The New Black". Her memoir inspired the Netflix series of the same name. The second season of "Orange Is The New Black" is released on June 6.

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Disparity In Prison Sentences

Imprisonment is "inappropriately used as a tool of control" in communities of color, said Piper Kerman, author of the book "Orange Is The New Black: My Year In A Women's Prison."

Kerman, whose book inspired the Netflix television show of the same name, discussed the issue while answering a question from a caller who asked about Kemba Smith, a black woman who committed a crime similar to Kerman's but was given a sentence of 24.5 years in prison with no possibility of parole. Kerman's sentence was 15 months.

Watch Kerman's full response in the clip below.

Piper Kerman On How Her Book Has Influenced Perception of Prison

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