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Female Offenders

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Inmate Heather O'Brien and her daughter, Heaven, in the ABC's Nursery at the Ohio Reformatory for Women.

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Women are the fastest-growing prison population in America, and among the toughest to manage. At the Ohio Reformatory for Women (ORW) outside of Columbus, "pseudo-families" emerge instead of gangs. Inmate Dorie Terrell heads a family 30 members strong. She claims to offer guidance and food to her girls, but the prison sees her role as a potentially dangerous abuse of power.

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