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Hot pink and bright yellow means you're in jail in Cleveland County

Cleveland County prisoners wear jail-issue uniforms of hot pink shirts and yellow-and-white striped pants, which some say make them look more like clowns than criminals. Sheriff's officials say the outfits make them easily identifiable in case of an escape.

BY JANE GLENN CANNON Modified: June 1, 2010 at 7:55 am •  Published: June 1, 2010
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/> "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.


Elsewhere

Oklahoma County attire Sheriff John Whetsel said Oklahoma County inmates wear different colors depending on their status. All of them wear matching shirts and pants with rubber sandals called jelly shoes. The general population wears orange; Corrections Department inmates wear green; jail trusties wear white, or blue and white if they work outdoors; and juveniles wear red.

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