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Michigan sheriff switches inmates’ orange uniforms to black-and-white stripes

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Inmates at the Saginaw County Jail got a uniform change from orange to black-and-white stripes because orange jumpsuits were increasingly looked at as "cool." (Getty Images)

Inmates at the Saginaw County Jail got a uniform change from orange to black-and-white stripes because orange jumpsuits were increasingly looked at as “cool.” (Getty Images)

SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan sheriff says he’s trading his inmates’ orange jumpsuits for black-and-white stripes, in part due to pop culture.

Saginaw County Sheriff William Federspiel tells The Saginaw News that all-orange jumpsuits are increasingly viewed as fashionable, especially because they’re seen on popular TV shows such as the Netflix smash hit “Orange Is the New Black.”

Federspiel says “some people think it’s cool to look like an inmate of the Saginaw County Jail … 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.

Many of the inmates aren’t fans of the new jumpsuits.

“They don’t like it,” he said. “They’ve been verbal. 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.”

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