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Pop culture prompts Michigan sheriff to swap orange for black-and-white striped inmate attire

Inmate at the Saginaw County Jail, wear the new black and white jumpsuits Friday, July 18, 2014 in Saginaw, Mich. The Saginaw County Sheriff's Department has purchased the striped jumpsuits for some of the inmates at the jail. (AP Photo/The Saginaw News/MLive.com, Jeff Schrier)

SAGINAW, Mich. – A Michigan sheriff says he’s trading orange jumpsuits for black-and-white stripes as the new attire for his jail inmates in part due to pop culture.

Saginaw County Sheriff William Federspiel tells The Saginaw News (http://bit.ly/1p7egTU ) that all-orange jumpsuits are increasingly viewed as fashionable as they’re seen on TV in places such as the Netflix prison show “Orange Is the New Black.”

Federspiel says “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.” He says inmates sometimes work in public, and he doesn’t want there to be any confusion.

The jailhouse fashions come relatively cheap. The sheriff says the jumpsuits, which last for about two to three years of wear, cost $11.73 apiece.


Information from: The Saginaw News, http://www.mlive.com/saginaw