Sharon Jones: Can I tell you why some inmates keep coming back to prison, in my experience?
Rolling Stone: Why?
Sharon Jones: Because it's so corrupt in there that some prisoners figure out how to game the system and then they can do whatever they want. If they know the right connections, they can get their drugs in there; if they know who to pay off or know when someone's not looking, they can do whatever they want to. Orange downplays that a bit — maybe it's different in a women's prison than Rikers — but you can still see when you watch the show how people take advantage of what's broken in there.
But the repeat offenders that either can't function in the real world or don't have a support system to stay out of jail, that's a different story. That character, Taystee (played by Danielle Brooks), the one who gets out and ends up back in there…I've seen a lot of stories like hers. I was glad to see something like that made it in the show.
I wish they'd show this in prisons…I know people in prison have cable, but I can't speak to whether they have Netflix! [Laughs] For inmates to see their lives reflected back at them like this, though…I think it'd make a difference. I'd hope it make some people on the outside stop and think, too: "Do I really want to end up here? Do I really want to be doing this?"