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Ring of truth in 'Orange Is the New Black'
Ring of truth in 'Orange Is the New Black'

"What do you think of 'Orange Is the New Black?'" Since Netflix's series about life in a women's prison premiered this summer, I've fielded the same question from almost everyone I know. I guess it's because I have some experience on the subject. Before I got clean, I spent many years in and out of jails and correctional institutions. I did a short stint at New York City's Rikers Island in 1995, and participated in a six-month alternative-to-incarceration program administered by the Women's Prison Assn. I was a bottomed-out junkie when I was arrested. My entry into Rikers Island was a continuation of the desperate life I had led before,...

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