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It's traditional (but not required except in the military) for the US flag to be represented as flowing backwards as the person moves forwards. Think of the flag, not as a patch, but as a loose flag attached to the Soldier's arm like a flag pole. As the Soldier moves forward, the red and white stripes will flow to the back. This article explains it ...


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They were making a "curse" In Gloria Mendoza's flashback we see that she used to have a side business selling charms to bring good luck. That would also mean that she believed in making curses as well. Her solution to the Vee problem was to curse her. We see later that misfortune does befall Vee, but whether it was because of Mendoza's spell or not is up ...


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I believe the answer is between 3-4 months. I hope that's accurate enough for you. This is based on : Halfway through season 2 (I can't remember which episode) Piper mentions she's served 5 months of her sentence. At that point in the series at least 4 weeks have passed based on events that have transpired. Season 1 ends at Christmas, and Thanksgiving is ...


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When Sophia cut open his pants to get to Humpfrey's penis is widely exposed due to him not wearing any underwear. Sophia makes a pun about him not having any clean underwear to wear => "forgot to do the laundry" Edit: She is probably making that joke to convince herself that he is not roaming the women prison with nothing under his pant for the thrill of ...


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IIRC, Piper lies because she's in love with Vause, and if she tells the truth then Vause will likely be hunted down and killed by Kubra (Vause's old boss whom Piper is testifying against. If she goes into the Witness Protection Program, she can never see Vause again, and she's not willing to do that.


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Because Red is a valuable asset. She has proven again and again to be a talented smuggler. Sure, Vee could eventually be able to smuggle her merchandise by herself, but it would be easier (and thus more profitable) to employ Red's talents. Leaving her alive means that Red is in Vee's thrall. Killing Red however, means the loss of potential smuggling channels ...


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The source below is from the UK but I believe that the comments apply in the US also. First, since most prisoners are poor and not able to pay the outside of the prison, why would anyone ever want to smuggle drugs into the prison in the first place? Whilst most prisoners may not be wealthy it does not mean that they don't have access to money either ...


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From a Fashionista interview with costume designer Jenn Rogien: Q: So on the show why are some of the inmates wearing orange, while some wear khaki? A: This is where we started to create world of our own. We used orange to signify new inmates who have just been admitted to the prison and were going through orientation. In our world, the prison is ...


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Private companies can run prisons, as in their day-to-day operations, but like all companies they are required to operate under law. Saying they can release prisoners is like saying Microsoft can determine how much to take out of a person's paycheck for state taxes. They must follow guidelines and protocol, and only the US Parole Commission can dictate how ...


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This might be better served on Law.SE but... Can a parent of US born children be deported? Broadly, Yes The child having US citizenship does not grant the parents permission to stay. If an alternative placement within the family, such as aunts, grandparents etc. (who do have permission to stay), it is quite common for the child to be placed there. ...


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The show is only 'inspired by' the book, which itself should be noted is only one person's view of events (and has been called into question by certain 'participants,' such as Cleary Wolters, who is the real life Alex Vause). While certain things did happen, such as her going to the same prison as her ex, most are made up, such as her getting back into a ...


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Surely you've answered your own question here. Did Chapman ever find a cigarette carrying roach? And then: I know when she was in the holding cell, after Alex had left, she saw a roach carrying a cigarette on it's back, but that was the end of hearing about that storyline. There's your answer! She did see one in her cell. Of course, soon after she left ...


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Technically, it is a real protocol that some facilities use, but it is used inaccurately in OITNB. Mostly, its purpose is in open areas (outside). Most other times the call is for "Lock Down" wherein all inmates are to report to their bunk/cell areas. The some of the main purposes of getting all inmates down on the ground (in a hurry) are to: Quickly ...


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I think it was just scribbles/nonsensical doodles, from the looks of it. Below is a still from the episode, if it helps any: (Edit: I got the image from this article. Didn't find it very useful otherwise, but figured I should source the picture.)


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They took care of this in Season 6, Episode 5. Turns out they found Chang after her escape. So, once all the dust cleared it turns out Linda had taken Pensatucky's place in the count, and once they determined Linda was not a prisoner they realized it was Pensatucky who is still missing.


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The issue here is that you have two "creative forces"; Piper Kerman (and any co-authors/editors), and Netflix. The original book was most likely based on actual events, some of which the editors probably changed because they had the hindsight of, "It's be more entertaining if...". So that book was probably 80% truth and 20% "artistic license". This may be ...


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A burner is a disposable throwaway prepaid cellphone. enter link description here So basically Kubra was upset that his employee was using a regular cellphone or some other method to conduct calls and/or communications because of the added privacy of a prepaid cellular device.


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Transcorp and CCA are the largest contract facilities that the BOP uses. It is well known that if you are sentenced to a contract prison, you are going to a shittier one. These companies cannot run USPs, however, as these are maximum security prisons. Overall, the people working at these places (GEOCorp is another big one that also runs federal halfway-...


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