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Orange Is The New Black: blamed for making prison jumpsuits too trendy

Sheriff bins orange jumpsuits after they become too ‘cool’

The Michigan officer blames TV shows like Orange Is The New Black for making the standard issue jail outfit too fashionable

Is orange actually the new black? A Michigan sheriff from Saginaw County has recently nixed the standard issue orange jumpsuits for prisoners and replaced them with black-and-white ones, believing that the old jumpsuit has become too "cool" for its own good. 

Sheriff William Federspiel, explaining the reasoning behind his decision to Saginaw News, lays the blame squarely at the feet of pop culture, especially the Netflix hit Orange Is The New Black.   

"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," Federspiel says. "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?'"

How many Netflix-binging watchers of Piper and Alex's on-again-off-again relationship actually think it's cool to wear orange jumpsuits? This might just be a hunch, but maybe Federspiel's just spotted a couple of teenage Slipknot fans. Regardless, Federspiel is making sure that the jail's inmates will all have switched over to old school black-and-white striped uniforms by the end of this year. 

"We decided that the black-and-white stripes would be the best way to go because it signifies 'jail inmate'," Federspiel explains, "and I don't see people out there wanting to wear black-and-white stripes." Unless, of course, you're the Hamburglar