Orange is certainly not the new black at Saginaw County Jail in Michigan. Sheriff William Federspiel has decided to change the inmates orange uniforms back to the old black and white striped ones, because he reckoned the inmates were getting a bit confused between real life and pop culture:
“When the lines get blurred between the culture outside the jail and the culture within the jail, I have to do something to redefine those boundaries, because they’ve been blurred far too often in public culture.”
We suppose it makes sense in a way, it’s not good to circulate the idea that being in jail is trendy. Federspiel says he also wants to make sure there is no confusion when inmates leave the premises between the people in jail and the people who just like to wear a lot of orange.
Thanks for that Federspiel, but we think we can tell the difference!