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Black and White Stripes are the New…Well, Black and White

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One law enforcement official says orange is just too hip for the inmates at his jail these days.

In an article by Andy Hoag of Michigan Live and The Saginaw News, Saginaw County Sheriff William Federspiel says, “We decided that the black-and-white stripes would be the best way to go because it signifies ‘jail inmate,’ and I don’t see people out there wanting to wear black-and-white stripes.”

Sheriff Federspiel says he is trying to adapt to pop culture, in part because of the success of the Netflix show, “Orange is the New Black.”

He says the show, which is set in a fictional jail located in the very real town of Litchfield, New York, has glamorized the idea of walking around in an orange jumpsuit.  That, he says, poses a challenge for jail officials, who often supervise inmates working in public places.

The new solution, which costs Saginaw County just $11.73 per jumpsuit, clears up any confusion as to whether inmates are indeed prisoners, or just fashion forward members of the public.

At any given time the Saginaw County Jail houses over five hundred inmates.



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