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Prison changes uniform because Orange Is The New Black made jumpsuits 'cool'

Black and white is the new orange.

A MICHIGAN SHERIFF says he’s trading his inmates’ orange jumpsuits for black-and-white stripes, in part due to pop culture.


Saginaw County Sheriff William Federspiel tells The Saginaw News that all-orange jumpsuits are increasingly viewed as fashionable, especially because they’re seen on popular TV shows such as the Netflix smash hit Orange Is the New Black.

ODD--New Jail Jumpsuits

Federspiel says “some people think it’s cool to look like an inmate of the Saginaw County Jail … wearing all orange jumpsuits out at the mall or in public.” He says inmates sometimes work in public, and he doesn’t want there to be any confusion.

ODD--New Jail Jumpsuits The new stripy uniforms.

ODD--New Jail Jumpsuits Source: THE SAGINAW NEWS MLIVE.COM

The jailhouse fashions come relatively cheap. The sheriff says the jumpsuits, which last for about two to three years, cost about €9 apiece.

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