Piper Kerman

Author of Orange is the New Black and Criminal Justice Reform Advocate

Author and advocate Piper Kerman turned her experience in a women’s prison into an unlikely platform to discuss the unjust and broken criminal justice system, of which women are the fastest growing population. Her book, which served as the inspiration for Netflix’s Orange is the New Black, broke barriers by bringing into living rooms the often heartbreaking tale of women in prison, making a better case than any fact sheet about the need for reform. Piper will address why it is important to use our life experience as advocates for issues that matter to us, what hard-earned lessons she’s learned about creating change, and her current quest to make justice reform that shrinks the number of people in American prisons and jails a central issue for communities.

(Photo credit: Michael Oppenheim)