"He wanted something identifiable that couldn't be duplicated,” the undersheriff said.
Medical "scrub” uniforms are similar to the orange outfits inmates used to wear, Burnett said.
"It's become popular to wear those green or blue medical uniforms, and you can also buy similar orange ones. Particularly, in Norman, orange is a popular color because it's one of Norman High School's colors,” Burnett said.
The uniforms were not selected to humiliate anyone, Burnett said.
"They're pretty awful, but then the whole experience of getting arrested is pretty awful,” said Connie Albritton of Big Red Bail Bonds.
Attorney Dave Stockwell said he doesn't mind the outfits. "Hey, you're in jail. That's humiliating in itself. And from what I've been told, there were a couple of false sightings of prisoners on the street when we had the old uniforms. With these, you better be wearing handcuffs if you're walking down the street dressed like that,” Stockwell said.