Orange Is the New Black' Keeps Missing How Wrongful Convictions Affect Women

June 24, 2016 6:05 PM

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Orange Is the New Black' Keeps Missing How Wrongful Convictions Affect Women

The ladies of Litchfield are back with Orange is the New Black Season 4, and Netflix binge-watchers are still recovering from their weekend fix. The acclaimed show has brought complex criminal justice issues to the mainstream, with viewers in more than 190 countries. But one critical area that remains untouched by OITNB is how wrongful convictions affect women.

Wrongly convicted women who have been exonerated and freed are few -- only 172 known U.S. female exonerations since 1989 -- but many more women continue to languish behind bars, fighting to appeal their cases. Often victims of situational prosecutions, wrongly convicted women can find themselves acc...

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