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Michigan sheriff changes trendy orange jumpsuit color because of hit show

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Michigan sheriff changes trendy orange jumpsuit color because of hit show

By Julianne Cassidy. CREATED Jul 21, 2014

If "Orange Is The New Black," then one Michigan sheriff does not want his inmates to be trendy.

Saginaw County Sheriff William Federspiel recently budgeted for black and white striped jumpsuits for his county jail inmates. The new uniforms are made of the same material and cost ($11.73 each) the same as the current orange-colored jumpsuits, and last for an estimated two to three years.

"It's because as you see shows on television, 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," Sheriff Federspiel explains to mLIVE.com. "It's a concern because we do have our inmates out sometimes doing work in the public, and I don't want anyone to confuse them or have [the inmates] walk away."

As for the inmates, "They don't like it. They've been very verbal," Sheriff Federspiel further shares with mLIVE.com. "A lot of them have said, 'We don't like wearing black and white stripes.' And my response is, 'Too bad. Don't come to jail.' If you come to dinner at my house and you don't like what I'm serving, don't come back. ... If you don't like the clothes that I give you, don't come back. I didn't ask you to come wear this uniform."

Sheriff Federspiel expects to complete the uniform change by the end of the year.


Julianne Cassidy

Julianne Cassidy

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A city girl gone country, Julianne Cassidy is a newly Nashville-based entertainment journalist from Philadelphia.