I understand it is just based on or inspired by Piper Kerman's story, so most is made up. But how did the publishers and producers fact-check her story when they bought it, so they did not end up having another Million Little Pieces debacle? (James Frey had completely lied about spending his 87 days in jail and had to confess he'd only spent 5 hours there, then bailed out...among other flagrant lies.)
The events that take place in prison are almost impossible to fact-check, for the most part. They can obviously see who was murdered in prison, but other than that, everything that happens behind those walls is invincible to corroboration. A lot of inmates don't even know the real names of a lot of other inmates. Couldn't anyone just come out of the joint and make stuff up? Does anyone know how the companies bought her story made sure she told the truth?
Once again, I know most of the show is made up. But when they bought it, these productions companies and publishers still wanted some element of veracity to her story, and that is the particular element I wish to know more about.