'Orange Is the New Black' Makes Orange Jumpsuits Popular
A Michigan county jail is taking no style prisoners.
Orange Is the New Black may not stand out as the most style-driven show around, but that doesn’t mean Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling) and her prison mates aren't starting a fashion trend. The Saginaw County Jail in Michigan is replacing its orange jumpsuits with black-and-white stripes because the former variety has become too "cool," according to the Michigan-based media site MLive.com.
The choice to change colors was prompted after people were seen going out in public, wearing all-orange jumpsuits. "It's a concern because we do have our inmates out sometimes doing work in the public, and I don't want anyone to confuse them or have them walk away," Saginaw County Sheriff William Federspiel tells the news outlet.
Therefore, Federspiel is hoping that the black-and-white garb will help, "because it signifies 'jail inmate,' and I don't see people out there wanting to wear black-and-white stripes."
The new jumpsuits, which cost about $12 apiece, will be seen on every prisoner by the end of the year. While law enforcement is happy about the outfit change, the inmates feel otherwise. "They think it makes them look like criminals," Federspiel tells USA Today.