A Saginaw, Michigan sheriff is so convinced that “Orange Is The New Black” made orange jumpsuits cool that he’s assigned inmates at the Saginaw County Jail to switch up their uniforms. The jail’s 513 inmates will likely all have switched over to old school black-and-white striped uniforms by the end of this year. Sheriff William Federspiel, the man behind the change, told Saginaw County News that line has become too fuzzy between pop culture and actual prison culture because of shows like “Orange Is The New Black.” He says that people think it’s cool to dress like an inmate, “wearing all orange jumpsuits out at the mall or in public.” The inmates aren’t pleased, and have complained about the change in attire. I guess they can direct their blame past Federspiel and right over to Piper and Alex for looking so good onscreen. Federspiel told the News, “It’s not to be crass. We’re not trying to embarrass or shame them. It tells me something, though, when the inmates think that it’s bad: It’s probably good.”
Prison garb, it seems, is a phenomenon in Saginaw. Inmates sometimes do community service outdoors, and the sheriff doesn’t want there to be any confusion about who is an inmate and who is just wearing orange for fun. Sometimes “Orange Is The New Black” does makes prison seem like a fun girls’ sleep-away camp, but I wouldn’t say it glamorizes it to the point of creating fashion trends. Since when do kids think it’s cool to wear jumpsuits at the mall? ”I see a lot of people wearing all orange, and they think it’s cool. And some people even put ‘Property of the Saginaw County Jail’ on the back of it. I’ve seen that. It’s like, ‘What are you doing? Really?’”
Good people of Saginaw, what are you doing? Is prison trendy now? I’m genuinely curious.