Tamika Ward is a correctional officer at Litchfield Penitentiary Maximum Security and a former good friend of Tasha "Taystee" Jefferson. She is portrayed by Susan Heyward.

Personality Edit

As a younger girl, Tamika was shown to be irresponsible and lazy, and always made jokes, never taking her work seriously. However, when she got older, she matured and become more responsible.

Physical Appearance Edit

CO Ward is a petite, african-american female with large eyes and full lips. When she was younger, Tamika had long curly black hair, which changed when she got older into a small afro.

Biography Edit

Before Litchfield Edit


A younger Tamika works with Taystee at Storky's.

Tamika used to work with her good friend, Tasha "Taystee" Jefferson, at a fast food joint called Storky's. One evening, during a shift where they were the only workers present, they smoked weed which Tamika had brought in after closing. While high, the two made enormous burgers and goofed around in the kitchen. They then sat around under the tills, until a customer walked in. Taystee angrily hissed that Tamika was supposed to lock the door, and stood up to serve the customer, who was an ex-classmate of Taystee's. Under the till, Tamika watched on as Taystee was then held up at gunpoint by the customer. Taystee managed to talk her way out of handing over any cash by saying that alarms and cameras would instantly be triggered (which wasn't true), but instead was made to hand over her Jordan trainers.

After this, Tamika commended Taystee for the way she handled the robbery, but bemoans the fact that Taystee had to hand over her expensive shoes. Taystee tells Tamika that her shoes were fake anyway (instead of Jordans they were knock-off brand "Gordons", and after a victorious laugh and hug, the two part ways, poignantly shown taking different roads ("Gordons").

Season Six Edit

Ward is a CO at Litchfield Max. Initially wary, Ward develops sympathy for Taystee and helps Taystee get in contact with Caputo. She also smuggles in a letter inviting Taystee to interview that the other guards have unofficially held back. Taystee, however, tells the interviewer that she is being abused and beaten up by the COs (which is not untrue) and Ward takes this very personally, feeling she stuck out her neck for Taystee and Taystee has stabbed her in the back. She tells Taystee not to expect anything else from her.

Despite this, Ward does slowly have a change of heart and shows up for Taystee at her trial. She's visibly upset when Taystee is given a guilty sentence.