Carroll jail's new jumpsuits to add color to inmates' lives


The black-and-white, two- piece striped uniforms worn by inmates at the Carroll County Detention Center will be phased out and replaced with bright-orange, one-piece jumpsuits, Sheriff Kenneth L. Tregoning said yesterday in a written announcement.

The new inmate attire will have no pockets and will be marked on the front and back in blue lettering with the word "Inmate."

Tregoning said the new jumpsuits are more durable and easier to maintain than the two-piece uniforms put into service by former Sheriff John H. Brown in 1996.

Brown said then the black-and-white stripes made the suits more recognizable than previous ones and they were made of heavier material for better wear.

The new jumpsuits are expected to wear three times longer than the striped two-piece uniforms, yet they cost about the same, Tregoning said.

The net effect means less frequent replacement and savings, he said.

The bright color, similar to that worn by inmates in state and federal prisons, is considered more visible when officers transport inmates outside the jail, he said.

In addition, when inmates charged with minor nonviolent offenses serve on supervised county work crews, the bright-orange jumpsuits, are a safety feature. Inmates often trim weeds and pick up litter along roads and highways.

Inmates will be permitted to wear their own clothing when appearing in court, but will wear the jumpsuits at all other times, Tregoning said.

As the black-and-white uniforms are deemed sufficiently worn, they will be replaced, he said.

Pub Date: 2/25/99

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