The Negative Effect 'Orange Is the New Black' is Having on Jails

One sheriff is even changing the color of prison jumpsuits.

July 23, 2014, 12:13 PM
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Orange Is the New Black

— -- Orange may be the new black, but one sheriff is making a statement that it's not cool to be a convict.

Because of the popularity of Netflix's "Orange Is the New Black," Saginaw County Sheriff William Federspiel is swapping out the orange for the old-school black-and-white stripes at his Michigan jail, USA Today reports.

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"The name of the show, 'Orange is the New Black,' is saying it's cool to wear orange, and the show is enormously popular in Michigan," Federspiel said.

To add, Federspiel said with more of the public wearing orange, the change to black and white also avoids the possibility of confusion of who is an inmate and just a citizen, especially when inmates are being transported.

"We haven't had any escapes, and I don't want any escapes," Federspiel said.

Apparently, the inmates are not too happy with the change.

"They think it makes them look like criminals," he said.

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