On Sunday, May 13, approximately 1,000 women and girls will spend their Mother’s Day in York Correctional Institute, Connecticut’s prison for women. Of these people, over 300 will have no criminal conviction. They will spend Mother’s Day in jail just because they cannot afford to pay bail. Disproportionately, these women are black, brown, poor, and disabled. Many are first criminalized for acts of survival and self-defense. Most of them are mothers and caretakers, whose children endure the costs of their hardship.
The new Netflix original series “Orange is the New Black” is capturing national media attention. The series, based on the best-selling book, is based on the experiences of its author, Piper Kerman, at Connecticut’s Danbury Federal Prison Camp.