Michigan sheriff disagrees 'orange is new black'

SAGINAW, Mich. (WEYI) – "Orange is the New Black" may be a television hit, but you won't find Saginaw County Sheriff William Federspiel binge-watching the prison drama.

"I've never watched a full episode, I've got my own reality show here," he said.

Federspiel says spending time behind bars is no laughing matter.

"I don't want television to bleed over into real life."

That's why Federspiel's swapping the orange jail jumpsuits for black and white stripes.

"It doesn't have a connotation of being cool nor should it be."

Federspiel says while orange may be in, he doesn't want his inmates getting the wrong impression.

"No, and until there's a new show that black and white horizontal stripes is the new black, I'm going to this look."

"I think orange is becoming a little popular. I agree with what he's doing," Sabrina Brown, a Saginaw resident, said.

But parolee Michael McGinnis is not happy with the change in wardrobe.

"I just got out of prison and that's what they made us wear," he said.

Mcginnis says the new colors demeaning for inmates.

"They got us in full body jumpsuits. What's the point in putting us in black and white?"

"Woo, my heart bleeds for 'em."

"If you don't like the clothes I give you, don't return."

Sheriff Federspiel also says the new jumpsuits will make it easier to spot when they're out on work detail.


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