SAGNIAW, Mich. - A Michigan sheriff says orange is no longer the new black in his jail. He thinks the Netflix prison drama glorifies life behind bars, so he's changing inmates' uniforms.
"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," said Federspiel.
He says spending time behind bars, no laughing matter.
"I don't want television to bleed over into real life," said Federspiel.
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," he said.
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," said Federspiel.
"I think orange is becoming a little popular," said Saginaw resident Sabrina Brown.
"I agree with what he's doing," said Sagniaw resident Sherry Tucker.
But parolee Michael McGinnis 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?" said McGinnis.
"If you don't like the clothes I give you, don't return," said Federspiel.
Sheriff Federspiel also says the new jumpsuits will make it easier to spot when they're out on work detail.