Matt McGorry: OITNB Taught Me about Criminal Justice Reform

Matt McGorry (C.O. John Bennett) has become known on social media for his Feminism, but now he is using that popularity for a different political end: criminal justice reform.

McGorry wrote an open letter to Congress on The Guardian last month that stressed the importance of reforming the criminal justice system so that families of color do not continue to be discriminated against through racial profiling, more frequent stop and searches by law enforcers, and incarceration for minor drug offenses.

McGorry reports that Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness and Shaka Sengor’s Writing My Wrongs opened his eyes to mass incarceration in the United States: although the United States makes up 5% of the world’s population, they comprise 25% of the world’s prison population. As Michelle Alexander points out in her book, something is clearly going on.

Click here to read Matt McGorry’s full open letter to Congress.

Can’t Wait for Orange? Watch Your Favorite Inmates in These Other Shows

Diane Guerrero (Maritza Ramos) has portrayed Lina in Jane the Virgin since 2014.

Jane The Virgin -- "Chapter Fourteen" -- Image Number: JAV114b_0001.jpg -- Pictured (L-R): Gina Rodriguez as Jane and Diane Guerrero as Lina -- Photo: Adam Rose/The CW -- © 2015 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

Jane The Virgin — “Chapter Fourteen” — Image Number: JAV114b_0001.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Gina Rodriguez as Jane and Diane Guerrero as Lina — Photo: Adam Rose/The CW — © 2015 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

Natasha Lyonne (Nicky Nichols) has sporadically guest starred in Portlandia since 2015.


Matt McGorry (C.O. John Bennett) has portrayed Asher Millstone in How to Get away with Murder since 2014.


Pablo Schreiber (C.O. George “Pornstache” Mendez) portrayed Zeke Tilson in The Brink in 2015 and William Lewis in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit from 2007 to 2014.

Kate Mulgrew (Galina “Red” Reznikov) portrayed Captain Janeway in Star Trek: Voyager from 1995 to 2001.


Nick Sandow (Joe Caputo) portrayed Waxey Gordon in Boardwalk Empire from 2011 to 2012.

Yael Stone (Lorna Morello) starred in the television miniseries Childhood’s End in 2015 as Peretta Jones.


Taryn Manning (Tiffany “Pennsatucky” Doggett) has portrayed Mary Ann McGarrett in Hawaii Five-0 since 2010.


Laura Prepon (Alex Vause) portrayed Karen in How I Met Your Mother in 2009 and 2010, and she portrayed Chelsea Handler in her on-screen factionalized life in Are You There, Chelsea? in 2012.


FELON PROFILE: C.O. John Bennett [Season 3] & Speculation for Season 4


John Bennett was a new correctional officer at Litchfield Prison in season one who was taken under George “Pornstache” Mendez’s wing. Early on, we learn that Bennett is an Afghanistan veteran who had his leg amputated although not from the war but from an infection he got while in a hot tub in Florida.

Click here to read the full treatment.

Happy Birthday, Matt McGorry!

Matt McGorry

Happy Birthday, Matt McGorry (C.O. John Bennett)!

April 12, 1986.

Matt turns 30 today.


Dascha Polanco & Matt McGorry Talk to Celebified (May 2015)

Cultural Commentary in 307: “Tongue-Tied”

Episode 7 is, frankly, all over the place with all of the themes that are touched upon, from prison safety to American media’s obsession with sexual objectification. This treatment will provide a brief overview of each.


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Bennett Set up the Bust on Cesar? Reddit’s Theory

Reddit has come up with a theory that John Bennett was behind the bust on Cesar where all of Aleida’s children and Daya and Bennett’s new baby are taken into custody. In both the scene where Bennett visits Cesar and the scene where they are busted, Cesar’s girlfriend shouts that a “white boy/guy is here to see you.” This parallel seemingly suggests that Bennett is connected with the bust.

I believe that Bennett’s proposal to Daya was his way of solidifying the situation before he left. I also think that Bennett will be showing up midway through season 4, months after his employment at Litchfield to claim the baby as his own and to take care of Daya, as he promised her he would. I think Bennett decided to remove himself from his situation without giving anyone a head’s up, for when he sees Daya, he is unable to think of plausible options regarding their conundrum. The easiest way to separate himself from the illegality of their relationship and his catastrophic decision making skills was to remove himself from the situation entirely, and then return when he is sure that their future together is sealed.

Variety Interview with Matt McGorry on His Television Roles

On June 9, 2015, Variety sat down with Orange‘s Matt McGorry (C.O. John Bennett) to discuss his roles on How to Get away with MurderOrange, and his other minor roles.

McGorry has gotten used to going to several auditions, but has managed to lower his expectations, allowing him to have fun. When he got the job on Orange, however, he had no idea that he was to appear in all episodes of the first season.

After attending a performing arts high school and majoring in theater at Emerson College in Boston, McGorry had his ups and downs on- and off-stage as well as with his lifting and personal training career. As a star on these two hit series, he is gradually becoming more confident in his on-camera abilities.

“It takes a volume of work to really become comfortable.”

As a part of two female-driven casts, McGorry has unexpectedly become a feminist. With his increased interest in gender equality, he sees his acting career as an informative experience.

Click here to read the full article on Variety.

Did You Know? Caputo Calling Bennett and Pornstache “Guttenberg and Selleck” Is a Reference to ‘3 Men and a Baby’ (1987)

Nick Sandow (L) and Matt McGorry (R) in a scene from NetflixÕs ÒOrange is the New BlackÓ Season 2. Photo credit: JoJo Whilden for Netflix.

Nick Sandow (L) and Matt McGorry (R) in a scene from Netflix’s Orange is the New Black Season 2. Photo credit: JoJo Whilden for Netflix.

Happy Father’s Day from Literary Litchfield!