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“Orange Is The New Black” Author Talks Employment Barriers For Former Prisoners

Piper Kerman
"A Job Is An Essential Thing"

When former convicts are released from prison, one of the biggest barriers they face is securing employment. A job is so important for re-entry into mainstream society, but most employers refuse to hire someone with a felony on their record, despite the fact that they’re known to make loyal employees. Piper Kerman, author of the book of the same name that inspired “Orange Is The New Black,” was lucky to have a network of friends to help her find a job, unlike most newly released prisoners. She discussed the issue at the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit on Tuesday, and mused to Fortune that one of the most remarkable aspects of her experience with prison was “the incredible ability of women to step up for each other, and to be resilient and to share their resiliency with other people.” Here’s hoping more major companies will change their policies regarding felony convictions. [Fortune]

Michael Brown’s Parents Spoke To The UN About Justice In Ferguson

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  • Michael Brown’s parents gave a statement to the UN about the need for justice in Ferguson, Missouri. [The Root]
  • Jeff Osborne isn’t sorry for the Nazi imagery in his lyrical video for Nicki Minaj’s “Only,” because the First Amendment will die if he can’t be offensive. [Business Insider]
  • Read the story of a woman who spent almost two decades in prison and faced the death penalty several times for a crime she didn’t commit. [Ravishly]
  • Anti-immigration laws are hurting cities. [Salon] Keep reading »

The US Prison System Exposes Trans* Inmates To Rape

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  • The US prison system neglects the needs of trans* inmates and exposes them to rape. [VICE]
  • Emily Gould writes about why ignoring online trolls isn’t enough. [Buzzfeed]
  • Listen to Lena Dunham talk about her book and her life with NPR’s Terry Gross. [NPR] Keep reading »

The Soapbox: We Need To Talk About Criminalizing Pregnancy

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A new Tennessee law makes it legal to charge a woman with child abuse and assault if she takes illegal narcotic substances while pregnant. The first woman who was arrested under this new law was a 26-year old woman whose baby girl tested positive for methamphetamines after being born. The woman was reportedly arrested on her way out of the hospital. Although she was later directed to a rehab, this new law may set a terrifying precedent to all pregnant women.

Laws like this are disguised at protecting babies, but in fact just feed the prison pipeline and deter pregnant women from seeking healthcare.  If we really want to uplift the status of women, then community resources and further education better serve this, rather than the cycle of incarceration for one nonviolent act after another. Keep reading »

Man Visits Prison With An Impressive Amount Of Stuff Up His Butt

Another day, another fool trying to shove things up his butt to hide them from cops. This time, 35-year-old André Silva de Jesus was visiting his local prison in Ribeirao das Neves, Brazil, when he appeared “nervous,” and was pulled aside for an inspection. Claiming he had a pacemaker, André informed the prison guards he couldn’t go through the metal detector.

Little did cops know that they would ultimately find enough crap to rival an entire “Storage Wars” unit, all tucked away in his tush. Keep reading »

New Minnesota Law Prevents Pregnant Inmates From Being Shackled

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  • A new law just went into effect in Minnesota that bans the use of shackles and restraints on pregnant inmates and also allows them access to doulas. [RH Reality Check]
  • Jezebel.com recently announced the hiring of a new young editor who is white, while passing over a promotion of the deputy editor Dodai Stewart, who is Black.  [The Grio; Capital New York]
  • A new law in South Korea would protect young performers, such as K-Pop stars, from being coerced into sexualized portrayals. [The Hollywood Reporter] Keep reading »
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