Entries in Prison (4)


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.

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"Teen Mom" Star Amber Portwood Sentenced to Five Years in Prison

Kevin Horan/Stone(LOS ANGELES) -- Teen Mom reality star Amber Portwood was sentenced to up to five years in prison on Tuesday, TMZ reports. 

Portwood, 22, had been sentenced in February to three years in an Indiana prison for possession of prescription drugs without a prescription, and an additional two years for a probation violation, but she remained free in an agreement that offered treatment at a rehab center.

TMZ reports Portwood gave up on the rehab program and asked a judge to reinstate her previous prison sentence.  The judge granted her request and referred her to the Indiana Department of Corrections therapeutic community program, a prison-based treatment program. 

Portwood will receive credit for time served, and may be out in just over two years.´╗┐

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Plaxico Burress to be Released From Prison on Monday

STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Former New York Giants player Plaxico Burress was on Sunday counting down the hours to becoming a free man, as he is scheduled to be released from prison on Monday.

Burress, who has been imprisoned since September 2009, is set to leave the Oneida Correctional Facility in New York sometime between 7 a.m. and 11 a.m. Monday, according to a report by the New York Daily News. Burress was convicted on weapons charges, following an incident in November 2008, in which he suffered an accidental self-inflicted gunshot wound to the leg at a Manhattan nightclub.

Burress’ agent, Drew Rosenhaus, commented on Twitter about his client’s release saying: “I'm excited about Plax's release Monday. He'll be a highly sought after free agent once the lockout is over. He's in great shape & healthy.”

Burress plans to return to playing football professionally following his release.

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Richard Hatch Sentenced to More Prison Time in Tax Case

ABC News(PROVIDENCE, RI.) -- Former Survivor champ and current Celebrity Apprentice contestant Richard Hatch is going back to prison. The Hollywood Reporter says Hatch was sentenced in Providence, RI., on Friday to nine months in prison for a tax issue related to the $1 million grand prize he won on Survivor in the year 2000. He must report to prison on Monday. He says he will file an appeal.

A federal judge previously determined that Hatch, who spent more than three years in prison for failing to pay taxes on his Survivor prize, had violated the terms of his supervised release by not filing amended tax returns for the years 2000 and 2001. In addition to his latest prison sentence, Hatch was ordered to serve 26 months' supervised release, during which time 25 percent of his gross income will go to the IRS. He currently owes an estimated $2 million to the IRS, including penalties.

Hatch's predicament won't affect the current season of The Celebrity Apprentice in the short-term. All of the episodes, except for the live finale on May 22, have already been taped.

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