In some circles, having been incarcerated carries prestige. Years ago, I recall so many of us being wide-eyed when we heard a man recount at a 12-step meeting how he had been in the slammer five years. That was for armed robbery he didn't recall doing. He was in a booze blackout.
Now, partly because of "Orange Is The New Black," women can cash in on the status of being behind bars. Today, a female at a 12-step meeting in Arizona recounted how 10 months ago she had been in prison. There she had the epiphany that she had a problem with alcohol. Members of the program were all ears. As of today she had been clean and sober nine months. Heroism was thrust upon her.
Television, even if this era of video games and photo sharing on Facebook, can still create trends. This trend is all about the unique experience of being a jailbird. And it has become a level playing field for all genders.