The day mom-of-four Andrea James walked into prison, her breasts were still heavy with milk. "My son was just 5 months old," she recalls. "He wouldn’t wean so it was hard to force him to take a bottle. So right up until the time I was leaving, I was still breastfeeding him. My breasts were leaking. I wanted to just die. I couldn't believe I was leaving my kids."
It was a terrifying reality the attorney, wife, and mother never imagined for herself. The educated daughter of a college professor and speech pathologist, to neighbors, James wasn't the type to end up in prison. It's a subject many people are talking about thanks to the buzz-worthy Netflix series Orange Is the New Black. Based on a book by Piper Kerman, an upper class woman who landed in prison after being a drug mule, it's Hollywood's latest take on the lives of women behind bars. It's funny and often poignant -- but is it real? James reveals what it's really like to have your freedom and family stripped away.