(via ‘Orange Is the New Black’ got you upset about prison? The real Piper explains what to do about it.)

I think that women in prison are really emblematic of typical, low-level nonviolent offenders. That is the giant growth area in terms of our prison system over the last 30 years. We’re putting people in prison who we never would have put in prison before. There’s a staggering social cost when we talk about the families, but also it costs about $60,000 a year and that adds up really quickly. And we’re talking about someone who is not this prominent threat to safety. It’s just a policy.