Orange Is the New Black Made Orange Jumpsuits Too “Cool” for One Real Life Prison
Are some people taking Orange Is the New Black's title too literally? One Michigan sheriff thinks so, and he's changed his prison's real-life uniforms in response.
Saginaw County sheriff William Federspiel explains that, because of shows like Orange Is the New Black, "some people think it's cool to look like an inmate of the Saginaw County Jail with wearing all-orange jumpsuits out at the mall or in public."
According to the sheriff, this trend isn't just annoying, it's a cause for concern. Sometimes inmates do work in public (think Lorna driving that van), and he doesn't want them to be able to walk away and be confused with just another jail-inspired fashionista.
The solution? Change all the jumpsuits to black-and-white stripes.
"We decided that the black-and-white stripes would be the best way to go because it signifies 'jail inmate,'" the sheriff explained, adding, "and I don't see people out there wanting to wear black-and-white stripes."
We guess no one told him stripes are totally in right now, too.