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How Every OITNB Inmate Ends Up Behind Bars

Jun 13 2014 - 11:00am

Orange Is the New Black [1] returned with an entirely new second season last week, and we've gotten more insight into these characters than ever. Make sure you're all caught up [2] before you start the new episodes, and in case you need a refresher on how everyone lands in the slammer, we've got a handy guide. Warning: this post does contain some light spoilers from the second season about the characters' pasts. Take a look to find out what exactly Piper, Red, Pennsatucky, and everyone else did wrong — aside from getting caught, of course.

Source: Netflix [3]

Galina "Red" Reznikov

The Crime: It's not completely clear what exactly lands Red in prison, but we do know that she and her husband owned a restaurant and that Red became involved with the Russian mafia. She punched one of the mob wives in the boob and ruptured an implant, but her solid business advice to the husband allowed her to stick around.

Source: Netflix [4]

Poussey Washington

The Crime: So far, Poussey's crime is unclear. What we do know about her past is that she lived in Germany, where her father was stationed with the US Army. She had a romantic relationship with the base commander's daughter, and this is what got her family reassigned to the States.

Source: Netflix [5]

Vee Parker

The Crime: It's not explicitly explained, but one might assume Vee's imprisonment has to do with the drug ring she ran on the outside.

Source: Netflix [6]

Lorna Morello

The Crime: While we first assume Morello is planning her wedding [7] to her fiancé, Christopher, it's revealed that Christopher is the man she was stalking. After meeting at a post office, they went on one date, and she proceeded to stalk him. Eventually, she planted an explosive device in his actual girlfriend's car, attempting to murder her. She's still highly delusional about the nature of their relationship.

Source: Netflix [8]

Gina Murphy

The Crime: We don't know the details of Gina's crime, but it's been implied that murder and embezzlement play a part.

Source: Netflix [9]

Gloria Mendoza

The Crime: In season two, we learn that Gloria has a complicated background with domestic abuse and was arrested for food-stamp fraud.

Source: Netflix [10]

Yoga Jones

The Crime: Yoga Jones is in the pen for killing a child. She used to be a marijuana farmer, but one day she mistook a child for a deer and shot the boy.

Source: Netflix [11]

Brooke Soso

The Crime: Brooke lands in prison due to some illegal political activism.

Source: Netflix [12]

Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" Warren

The Crime: We don't know what Crazy Eyes' crime is yet, but we do know about her background. She was adopted by a white, suburban couple, and despite loving her daughter, Crazy Eyes' mother often pushed her to accomplish more than she was comfortable with — like singing a song at her graduation.

Source: Netflix [13]

Nicky Nichols

The Crime: We're not totally sure what Nicky does to deserve her sentence, but we know she's a former drug addict who was raised by a wealthy but mostly absent mother.

Source: Netflix [14]

Piper Chapman

The Crime: Ten years before she landed in prison, Piper helped her then-girlfriend, Alex Vause, smuggle drug money during an extended vacation in Europe.

Source: Netflix [15]

Tiffany "Pennsatucky" Doggett

The Crime: Pennsatucky is sent to Litchfield for shooting an abortion-clinic worker. Though it's assumed this is because of her serious religious beliefs, it's revealed that she shot the woman for making a remark about this being Pennsatucky's fifth abortion. Needless to say, Pennsatucky doesn't react well to being disrespected.

Source: Netflix [16]

Dayanara "Daya" Diaz

The Crime: Daya's exact crime is unknown, but we have seen some of her past. She grew up in an abusive environment with her mother, and at one point she slept with her mother's drug-dealer boyfriend to spite her mother.

Source: Netflix [17]

Sophia Burset

The Crime: Years ago, Sophia was a male fireman. Once she decided to transition to a female, she committed credit card fraud to finance her operation and hormone therapy. We also know that it was her son, who was having trouble with her transition, who turned her in.

Source: Netflix [18]

Alex Vause

The Crime: Alex used to be a smuggler for a major drug cartel. Though she loved Piper, she also used her as a pawn in her smuggling operation. Ten years after the crime, Alex named Piper as an accomplice, and the two both ended up at Litchfield.

Source: Netflix [19]

Aleida Diaz

The Crime: Aleida (Daya's mother) used to be involved in a drug operation. Her boyfriend had her cutting and bagging drugs in her home, and though she took the fall for him, he doesn't visit her.

Source: Netflix [20]

Miss Claudette Pelage

The Crime: Miss Claudette grew up as an illegal child laborer. She was sent to the United States to pay off a debt for her family, and when she grew up, she ran a cleaning service using illegal child labor. It's not clear whether she's in prison for this or because she beat a man to death for abusing one of her "employees." It's probably both.

Source: Netflix [21]

Tasha "Taystee" Jefferson

The Crime: So far we just know that Taystee was involved in a drug ring run by Vee.

Source: Netflix [22]

"Black" Cindy Hayes

The Crime: Cindy used to be the world's worst airport security employee. She would regularly harass and steal from travelers, and though it's not explicitly said that this behavior led to her arrest, it can be assumed.

Source: Netflix [23]

Miss Rosa Cisneros

The Crime: Back in the day, Miss Rosa was a pretty serious bank robber. She was good at stealing money, but she was cursed. Her crew of men dwindled as she would take one as her lover before he inevitably ended up dead by the end of the robbery. Eventually, she got caught.

Source: Netflix [24]

Sister Ingalls

The Crime: A nun since young adulthood, Sister Ingalls became really involved in social activism. This continued throughout her career with the church, even publishing a book called Nun Shall Pass. Due to her growing hubris, the church refused to support her any longer, and she was arrested after handcuffing herself to a flagpole at a nuclear test site.

Source: Netflix [25]


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