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Helpful "Orange Is The New Black" Recap: Why The Ladies Are In Litchfield

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Alex Vause (Laura Prepon)

What she's in for: Drug smuggler for an international drug cartel. What she's in for (again): After testifying against the cartel leader, Alex got out, but got caught violating her parole with a gun when Piper got Larry to report her.
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What she's in for: Drug smuggler for an international drug cartel.

What she's in for (again): After testifying against the cartel leader, Alex got out, but got caught violating her parole with a gun when Piper got Larry to report her.

Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling)

What she's in for: Trafficking $50,000 of drug money to Belgium (once) at the behest of former girlfriend Alex Vause, who was also the one who gave her name to the police.
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What she's in for: Trafficking $50,000 of drug money to Belgium (once) at the behest of former girlfriend Alex Vause, who was also the one who gave her name to the police.

Tiffany "Pennsatucky" Doggett (Taryn Manning)

What she's in for: Shooting a nurse who made a snide comment about her many abortions. She found Jesus after her case was taken on by pro-life activists.
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What she's in for: Shooting a nurse who made a snide comment about her many abortions. She found Jesus after her case was taken on by pro-life activists.

Nicky Nichols (Natasha Lyonne)

What she's in for: Heroin.
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What she's in for: Heroin.

Carrie "Big Boo" Black (Lea DeLaria)

What she's in for: Unspecified, but she refers to herself as a "thieving dyke," and she ran a gambling ring prior to incarceration.
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What she's in for: Unspecified, but she refers to herself as a "thieving dyke," and she ran a gambling ring prior to incarceration.

Aleida Diaz (Elizabeth Rodriguez)

What she's in for: Presumably drug-related charges after she helped her boyfriend Cesar with the drug lab he set up in their apartment.
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What she's in for: Presumably drug-related charges after she helped her boyfriend Cesar with the drug lab he set up in their apartment.

Dayanara "Daya" Diaz (Dascha Polanco)

What she's in for: Drug-related charges, similar to her mother Aleida.
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What she's in for: Drug-related charges, similar to her mother Aleida.

Galina "Red" Reznikov (Kate Mulgrew)

What she's in for: Affiliation with the Russian mafia.
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What she's in for: Affiliation with the Russian mafia.

Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" Warren (Uzo Aduba)

What she's in for: Unknown, although we do know she has violent tendencies and mental health issues.
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What she's in for: Unknown, although we do know she has violent tendencies and mental health issues.

Poussey Washington (Samira Wiley)

What she's in for: Dealing weed.
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What she's in for: Dealing weed.

Lorna Morello (Yael Stone)

What she's in for: Harassment and violating the restraining order of a man she went on a date with. Ultimately incarcerated for attempted murder when she put a homemade bomb under his car. She also committed mail fraud, shopping online and claiming she never received the products.
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What she's in for: Harassment and violating the restraining order of a man she went on a date with. Ultimately incarcerated for attempted murder when she put a homemade bomb under his car.

She also committed mail fraud, shopping online and claiming she never received the products.

Tasha "Taystee" Jefferson (Danielle Brooks)

What she's in for: Dealing drugs in Vee's ring.
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What she's in for: Dealing drugs in Vee's ring.

Sophia Burset (Laverne Cox)

What she's in for: Credit card fraud to pay for her gender reassignment surgeries.
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What she's in for: Credit card fraud to pay for her gender reassignment surgeries.

Brook Soso (Kimiko Glenn)

What she's in for: living in a tree so it couldn't be cut down, to protest logging.
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What she's in for: living in a tree so it couldn't be cut down, to protest logging.

"Miss Rosa" Cisneros (Barbara Rosenblat)

What she's in for: Bank robbery (getting caught after she attempted an unplanned robbery on her own)
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What she's in for: Bank robbery (getting caught after she attempted an unplanned robbery on her own)

"Miss Claudette" Pelage (Michelle Hurst)

What she's in for: Human trafficking girls to be maids, and murdering a client who had beaten and raped on of her girls.
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What she's in for: Human trafficking girls to be maids, and murdering a client who had beaten and raped on of her girls.

Gloria Mendoza (Selenis Leyva)

What she's in for: SNAP fraud, in order to save up money to flee from her abusive boyfriend who hit her son.
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What she's in for: SNAP fraud, in order to save up money to flee from her abusive boyfriend who hit her son.

Janae Watson (Vicky Jeudy)

What she's in for: Armed robbery, pressured by her boyfriend even though she was a college student and track star.
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What she's in for: Armed robbery, pressured by her boyfriend even though she was a college student and track star.

Erica "Yoga" Jones (Constance Shulman)

What she's in for: Manslaughter, after accidentally shooting an 8-year old neighbor whom she mistook for a deer while she was drunk.
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What she's in for: Manslaughter, after accidentally shooting an 8-year old neighbor whom she mistook for a deer while she was drunk.

Gina Murphy (Abigail Savage)

What she's in for: Embezzlement. She told Piper she only "stole money" and had nothing to do with the man who killed himself. The details of her crime are unknown.
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What she's in for: Embezzlement. She told Piper she only "stole money" and had nothing to do with the man who killed himself. The details of her crime are unknown.

Cindy "Black Cindy" Hayes (Adrienne C. Moore)

What she's in for: Presumably theft, or child endangerment. A flashback showed Black Cindy as an irresponsible TSA agent who often harassed and stole from people in the airport. On her daughters 9th birthday, she gave her a stolen iPad and left her in the car for hours while she went to smoke pot.
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What she's in for: Presumably theft, or child endangerment. A flashback showed Black Cindy as an irresponsible TSA agent who often harassed and stole from people in the airport. On her daughters 9th birthday, she gave her a stolen iPad and left her in the car for hours while she went to smoke pot.

Sister Jane Ingalls (Beth Fowler)

What she's in for: Tresspassing on a nuclear facility when she handcuffed herself to a flagpole as a form of protest.
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What she's in for: Tresspassing on a nuclear facility when she handcuffed herself to a flagpole as a form of protest.

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Marisol "Flacca" Gonzales (Jackie Cruz)

What she's in for: Fraud and endangerment after she sold fake LSD (paper and water) in high school to make money, and one of her clients jumped from a school roof while "high."
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What she's in for: Fraud and endangerment after she sold fake LSD (paper and water) in high school to make money, and one of her clients jumped from a school roof while "high."

Leanne Taylor (Emma Myles)

What she's in for: Drug possession, after breaking out of her Pennsylvania Dutch community.
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What she's in for: Drug possession, after breaking out of her Pennsylvania Dutch community.

Mei Chang (Lori Tan Chinn)

What she's in for: Organized crime and involvement in illegal animal parts smuggling. She also told a partner to cut out the gallbladder of a man who once rejected her.
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What she's in for: Organized crime and involvement in illegal animal parts smuggling. She also told a partner to cut out the gallbladder of a man who once rejected her.

Norma Romano (Annie Golden)

What she's in for: Murder of her husband, Guru Mack, a cult leader whom she pushed off a cliff after he mocked her for wasting her life believing his lies.
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What she's in for: Murder of her husband, Guru Mack, a cult leader whom she pushed off a cliff after he mocked her for wasting her life believing his lies.

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