Join the Conversation on October 17th

Piper Kerman, the author behind the hit TV show “Orange Is the New Black,” is coming to Qualcomm Hall on Oct. 17 to elevate the conversation on prison system failures.

Piper Kerman, a communications consultant in Washington, D.C. and Women’s Prison Association board member, has been very vocal on the reality of women’s prisons across the U.S. In a recent interview with National Public Radio, Kerman stated, “prisons have a limited capacity to rehabilitate as they currently exist, and it would take tremendous change for correctional institutions to actually function as rehabilitative places.”

As noted on Piper Kerman’s website, there are 2.3 million people in prison, and according to the 2008 U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics, there are a total of over 7 million people on parole or probation or locked up.   

"As important as the conditions of confinement are ... the thing that is most important is to send fewer people to prison in the first place.” ­– Piper Kerman,

Having experienced the harsh reality of prison firsthand, Kerman will be speaking to these issues and will share with the Southern California community her insight on what needs to be done in order to make impactful, permanent change. 

Much like Second Chance clients, following her incarceration Kerman was able to successfully re-enter the working world. We welcome you to join this imperative conversation at Qualcomm Hall on Oct. 17 to learn more about prison system failures and how programs like Second Chance create opportunities for people to transform their lives.

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