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Piper Kerman: Incarceration Does Not Lead to Rehabilitation

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Piper Kerman, the inspiration for the new Netflix series Orange is the New Black, shared her unlikely story of serving time in prison in an interview for ABC’s This Week Sunday.

Kerman explained that her run-in with the law stemmed from a reckless indiscretion in her 20′s after graduating from Smith College.

“I met and became involved in a relationship with what seemed like an incredibly glamorous and sophisticated older woman. And she was involved with narcotics trafficking. And at her request, I carried a bag full of drug money from Chicago to Brussels – and really frightened myself,” Kerman told ABC’s Dan Harris.

More than ten years after committing the crime, Kerman served 13 months in a women’s correctional facility in Danbury, Conn. The new Netflix program Orange is the New Black, based on Kerman’s 2010 book, is an up-close and personal look at her time in prison, with many of the scenes straight out of her real life experiences.

Kerman said she feels proud that unlike many prison shows, which depict inmates as savagely violent, this show humanizes them. She recounted that her experience in prison was not what she had expected.

“When I walked into the prison gates, I was frightened. I didn’t know what to expect,” Kerman said. “And the last thing I expected was for kindnesses to be extended to me by the other prisoners. But that was exactly what I found.”

Kerman hopes the show will make viewers think twice about the social and financial costs of maintaining our vast prison system.

A supporter of prison reform, Kerman said, “I think that nonviolent, low-level offenders can be dealt with in much more sensible ways than by incarceration.”

“Incarceration does not rehabilitate people. And it doesn’t allow them to change their lives.”

Today, Kerman helps newly released inmates through a group called the Women’s Prison Association.

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio


New Episodes of “Arrested Development” Coming to Netflix This Sunday

Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for The New Yorker(NEW YORK) -- At long last, Arrested Development is back. Seven years after the cult comedy was cancelled by Fox, Netflix will launch a fourth season this Sunday.

The 15 new episodes, which will be made available all at once, will catch up with the dysfunctional Bluth  family. All of the original cast members will reprise their roles, including Michael Cera, who plays George-Michael Bluth, the reserved son of Jason Bateman's Michael Bluth who has a crush on his cousin.

The show will pick up in 2013 -- not in 2006, when it was cancelled.

“They're basically living in today, now,” Cera explains. “And we sort of go back and catch up from where they left off. You kind of run through the past six years with all of them, bring everyone up to speed, and then the story kind of begins, goes from there.”

Though the 24-year-old Cera now has a successful movie career, having starred in Juno, Superbad, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World and other comedies, he's been open to an Arrested Development reunion since the show was taken off the air.

Cera tells ABC News Radio, "It was easy to say yes for six years and just keep wondering when it was gonna actually come true. You say yes, and then a year goes by and you figure, oh, that wasn't real, and people keep asking about it, and then I didn't believe it was going to happen until we actually were shooting."

Cera likes the fact that Arrested Development fans can watch the new season in only a couple of sittings. He says, "I watch things that way....There's such a blizzard of things to watch now, everyone's kind of just picking and choosing what they see, and the viewing experience has become kind of more individual, I think."

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'Arrested Development' Headed to Netflix

Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for The New Yorker(LOS ANGELES) -- The revival of the Emmy-winning series Arrested Development, which aired from 2003 to 2006 on Fox, is headed to Netflix.

The dark comedy about the dysfunctional Bluth family will air through the subscription service sometime in 2013; a movie version of the show has reportedly been in the works for years.

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