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“We were never friends. Not for a second. I loved you.”
Piper Kerman, Orange Is the New Black
“We have a racially based justice system that overpunishes, fails to rehabilitate, and doesn't make us safer.”
Piper Kerman, Orange Is the New Black
“I knew that I would have to be brave. Not foolhardy, not in love with risk and danger, not making ridiculous exhibitions of myself to prove that I wasn't terrified--really genuinely brave. Brave enough to be quiet when quiet was called for, brave enough to observe before flinging myself into something, brave enough to not abandon my true self when someone else wanted to seduce or force me in a direction I didn't want to go, brave enough to stand my ground quietly.”
Piper Kerman, Orange Is the New Black
“Faggots make the best friends," she said philosophically. "They're very loyal.”
Piper Kerman, Orange Is the New Black
tags: humor
“Every human being makes mistakes and does things they’re not proud of. They can be everyday, or they can be catastrophic. And the unfortunate truth of being human is that we all have moments of indifference to other people’s suffering. To me, that’s the central thing that allows crime to happen: indifference to other people’s suffering. If you’re stealing from someone, if you’re hurting them physically, if you’re selling them a product that you know will hurt them—the thing that allows a person to do that is that they somehow convince themselves that that’s not relevant to them. We all do things that we’re not proud of, even though they might not have as terrible consequences.”
Piper Kerman, Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison
“When you are deep in misery, you reach out to those who can help, people who can understand.”
Piper Kerman, Orange Is the New Black
“Two hundred women, no phones, no washing machines, no hair dryers--it was like Lord of the Flies on estrogen.”
Piper Kerman, Orange Is the New Black
“Do you have to find the evil in yourself in order to truly recognize it in the world?”
Piper Kerman, Orange Is the New Black
tags: evil, good
“Prison is quite literally a ghetto in the most classic sense of the world, a place where the U.S. government now puts not only the dangerous but also the inconvenient—people who are mentally ill, people who are addicts, people who are poor and uneducated and unskilled.”
Piper Kerman, Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison
“I imagined Martha Stewart trying to take over Pops kitchen. That would be better than Godzilla vs. Mothra" -Piper Kerman, Page 200”
Piper Kerman, Orange Is the New Black
“If I could forgive, it meant I was a strong good person who could take responsibility for the path I had chosen for myself, and all the consequences that accompanied that choice. And it gave me the simple but powerful satisfaction of extending a kindness to another person in a tough spot.”
Piper Kerman, Orange Is the New Black
“In the federal system alone there were 90,000 prisoners locked up for drug offenses, compared with about 40,000 for violent crimes. A federal prisoner costs at least $30,000 a year to incarcerate, and females actually cost more.”
Piper Kerman, Orange Is the New Black
“Our current criminal justice system has no provision for restorative justice, in which an offender confronts the damage they have done and tries to make it right for the people they have harmed. Instead, our system of "corrections" is about arm's-length revenge and retribution, all day and all night.”
Piper Kerman, Orange Is the New Black
“Nothing about the daily workings of the prison system focuses its inhabitants’ attention on what life back on the outside, as a free citizen, will be like. The life of the institution dominates everything. This is one of the awful truths of incarceration, the fact that the horror and the struggle and the interest of your immediate life behind prison walls drives the “real world” out of your head. That makes returning to the outside difficult for many prisoners.”
Piper Kerman, Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison
“IF YOU are a relatively small woman, and a man at least twice your size is bellowing at you in anger, and you’re wearing a prisoner’s uniform, and he has a pair of handcuffs on his belt, I don’t care how much of a badass you think you are, you’ll be fucking scared”
Piper Kerman, Orange Is the New Black
“In my travels I had encountered all kinds of people whose dignity seemed to have a price -- widely variable -- and I thought that next time I had better set my price higher than anyone would pay.”
Piper Kerman, Orange Is the New Black
“From a young age I had learned to get over--to cover my tracks emotionally, to hide or ignore my problems in the belief that they were mine alone to solve.”
Piper Kerman, Orange Is the New Black
“He told us that it was important to eat right, exercise, and treat your body as a temple. But he didn't tell us how to get health care services that people with no money could afford. He didn't tell us how we could quickly obtain birth control and other reproductive health services. He didn't recommend any solutions for behavioral or psychiatric care, and for sure some of those broads needed it. He didn't say what options there might be for people who had struggled with substance abuse, sometimes for decades, when they were confronted by old demons on the outside.”
Piper Kerman, Orange Is the New Black
“Brave enough to be quiet when quiet was called for, brave enough to observe before flinging myself into something, brave enough to not abandon my true self when someone else wanted to seduce or force me in a direction I didn’t want to go, brave enough to stand my ground quietly.”
Piper Kerman, Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison
“Maybe, because all these good people loved me enough to help me, maybe I wasn't quite as bad as I felt. Maybe there was a part of me that was worthy of their love.”
Piper Kerman, Orange Is the New Black
“how important it is to stay true to yourself even in the midst of an adventure or experiment.”
Piper Kerman, Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison
“..."Emeninemletters," Caucasian girls from the wrong side of the tracks with big mouths and big attitudes, who weren't taking shit from anyone(except the men in their lives). They had thinly plucked eyebrows, corn-rowed hair, hip-hop vocabularies, and baby daddies, and they thought Paris Hilton was the ne plus ultra of feminine beauty."
-Piper Kerman, page 137”
Piper Kerman, Orange Is the New Black
“Prison is quite literally a ghetto in the most classic sense of the world, a place where the U.S. government now puts not only the dangerous but also the inconvenient-people who are mentally ill, people who are addicts, people who are poor and uneducated and unskilled.”
Piper Kerman, Orange Is the New Black
“Now I was a for-real, hardened con. I felt infinitely better." Piper Kerman, Orange is the New Black, page 54”
Piper Kerman, Orange Is the New Black
“Prison is quite literally a ghetto in the most classic sense of the word, a place where the U.S. government now puts not only the dangerous but also the inconvenient—people who are mentally ill, people who are addicts, people who are poor and uneducated and unskilled. Meanwhile the ghetto in the outside world is a prison as well, and a much more difficult one to escape from than this correctional compound. In fact, there is basically a revolving door between our urban and rural ghettos and the formal ghetto of our prison system.”
Piper Kerman, Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison
“Very close by the CMS shops, hidden about a quarter mile away in the woods, was the prison’s rifle range. Correctional officers could spend quality time with their firearms down there, and the hammering of multiple rounds was typical background noise during our workdays. There was something unsettling about toiling away for a prison while listening to your jailers practice shooting you.”
Piper Kerman, Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison
“The public expects sentences to be punitive but also rehabilitative; however, what we expect and what we get from our prisons are very different things. The lesson that our prison system teaches its residents is how to survive as a prisoner, not as a citizen - not a very constructive body of knowledge for us or the communities to which we return.”
Piper Kerman, Orange Is the New Black
“had long recognized that faith helped people understand their relationship to their community.”
Piper Kerman, Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison
“I had learned to hasten the days by chasing the enjoyment in them, no matter how elusive. Some people on the outside look for what is amiss in every interaction, every relationship, and every meal; they are always trying to hang their mortality on improvement. It was incredibly liberating to instead tackle the trick of making each day fly more quickly. "Time, be my friend," I repeated every day.”
Piper Kerman, Orange Is the New Black
“It occurred to me that I had never seen my mother defeated, even when life presented difficulties and disappointments.”
Piper Kerman, Orange Is the New Black

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