Focus on families: Piper Kerman

Focus on families: a community conversation

A unique series of thought provoking presentations featuring experts in the fields of healthcare, public health, child development and family relations.

Casa de los Niños is proud to announce that our next speaker will be:

Piper Kerman


17 W Congress, Downtown Tucson

Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison

piper KermanThe effect of going to prison can be devastating on families. Join us as Ms. Kerman speaks about the state of criminal justice in America, and how it effects the growing number of incarcerated women and their children.

The United States has more prisoners than any other developed nation in the world.  Kerman has pointed out that over the last 30 years, the rate of incarcerated women in America has risen over 800 percent and includes 1.3 million who are mothers with children under the age of 18.  Studies show that children of incarcerated mothers are five times more likely to end up in the foster care system.

Piper Kerman’s best-selling memoir chronicles what the author calls her “crucible experience” — the 13 months she spent in the Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, Connecticut. A brief involvement with drug trafficking while she was in her early twenties sent Kerman to prison ten years later on money laundering charges. In her compelling, moving, and often hilarious book, she explores the experience of incarceration and the intersection of her life with the lives of the women she met while in prison: their friendships and families, mental illnesses and substance abuse issues, cliques and codes of behavior. What has stuck with her the most from her experience, Kerman says, is the power of women’s communities, “the incredible ability of women to step up for each other, and to be resilient and to share their resiliency with other people.” The book also raises provocative questions about the state of criminal justice in America, and how incarceration affects the individual and communities throughout the nation.

  • Gladys Richardson

    Excellent choice for a community conversation. Many Thanks