Tuesday, March 24, Central Library Faulkner Gallery
5:30-6:00 pm: Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Santa Barbara Public Library.
6:00 pm: Santa Barbara native Kristianne Clifford, incarcerated 18 years in a maximum security California prison, will speak at Central Library about her experiences in the criminal justice system, what she found in the Santa Barbara Reads 2015 book, Orange is the New Black, that resonated with her, and the program and concepts that changed her consciousness behind bars and back in society.
Co-sponsored by the Freedom to Choose Foundation.
Santa Barbara Reads & SBCC Reads & UCSB Reads - is an annual partnership program to encourage members of all local communities to read the same book, and to discuss the issues it raises. This year's book is Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison, by Piper Kerman.
Orange is the New Black is a memoir of the author's 15-month incarceration for drug trafficking at an infamous women's correctional facility, a time during which she gained a unique perspective on the criminal justice system and met a varied community of women living under exceptional circumstances.
Blond and blue-eyed, with a supportive fiancé and family, a good lawyer and a Smith College education, Kerman feels more fortunate than her fellow inmates. She describes the challenges and humiliations of prison life, the lack of freedom and privacy, and abuse or indifference from prison staff. Kerman also describes the friendship, generosity, courage, wisdom, and acceptance that she found in relationships with other women in prison. Their stories raise issues of friendship and family, mental illness, the odd cliques and codes of behavior, the role of religion, the uneasy relationship between prisoner and jailor, and the almost complete lack of support for life after prison. The television series by the same title is loosely based on the book.
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