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Miss Claudette
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First seen
Last seen
Season(s)
S1 - S2
Episode count
12
Name
Claudette Pelage
Gender
Female
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Status
Alive
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Also known as
Miss Claudette
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Miss Claudette Pelage is an inmate at Litchfield Penitentiary. She is portrayed by Michelle Hurst. First formally introduced when Chapman is assigned a bunk, Miss Claudette is an elderly Haitian woman strict with rules and the appearance of her cubicle. Miss Claudette was sold into the US child labor trade as a child. As an adult, she runs a similar operation to the one she was sold to. It is unknown the exact details of the crime that landed her in prison. Though the flashbacks dealing with her history show her leaving the home of a client she murdered after discovering he had beaten one of the girls who worked for her, it is unlikely this is the crime for which she was convicted and sent to prison. When Claudette meets with Mr. Healey in Episode 4, he tells her that her case can be re-opened due to some changes in immigration laws, and that re-opening the case stands to shave a lot of time off of her sentence. It is likely, given the contents of this discussion, that Miss Claudette was actually incarcerated due to the immigrant child labor cleaning operation she was running.  Also, later in the episode, Nicky says to Piper, "Miss Claudette was into some kind of slave trade shit.  All that murder talk is rumor, if you ask me, bullshit.  So, unless you're worried she's going to harbor you illegally, I wouldn't sweat it."  The murder of the abusive client may not have ever been tied to her due to her impeccable cleaning abilities and attention to detail.  It is also revealed by Baptiste's fiancee that Claudette cannot have children.

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