UPDATED: Orange Is The New Black author Piper Kerman received high praise following her White House debut today when U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder followed her at the podium at a D.C. powwow on prison rehab efforts. “Thank you for sharing your story in print and on Netflix – my wife just finished binge watching both seasons of your TV show,” said Holder, who praised the “realism” depicted on the acclaimed Netflix series.
Kerman, whose incarceration memoir is the basis for Netflix‘s hit Jenji Kohan-created series, joined business and community leaders as guest speaker alongside Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez and Obama senior advisor Valerie Jarrett at the event hosted by the White House Domestic Policy Council, the Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center and the National Reentry Resource Center. Kerman served 13 months in federal prison on money laundering and drug trafficking charges and was released in 2005. Her best-selling memoir hit stands in 2010 before Netflix’s series adaptation premiered last year.