(SAGINAW COUNTY, Mich.) — Is black and white the new orange? A prison in Michigan is trading in its orange jumpsuits for black and white stripes.
The change was made in part due to the popularity of the Netflix series Orange is the New Black.
Saginaw County Sheriff William Federspiel says the change-up is to help tighten security.
“I wanted us to differentiate in a real hard-line manner, so my constituents know when they see an inmate work crew or when they see an inmate out in public, that it’s actually an inmate and not just a citizen who’s wearing colors like our inmates,” Federspiel said. “We really need to tighten that security up because we don’t want one of our in-custody inmates who has to be transported out of a jail, whether on a work detail or medical situation, to blend in with the average citizenry.”
Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio
Tal Kopan and Jeremy Diamond, CNN
Yazhou Sun and Sophia Yan, CNN
Eric Bradner, Dana Bash and MJ Lee, CNN
Tara Bench, KSL.com