Arizona sheriff orders new look for Maricopa County inmates

Posted at 8:57 AM, Jul 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-01 11:57:39-04

The Arizona sheriff famous for making inmates wear pink underwear is now ordered that an American flag be affixed to inmate uniforms.

The red, white and blue addition to the black-and-white striped uniforms worn by thousands of Maricopa County inmates will be rolled out at noon on Monday, July 4.

Inmates who are U.S. military veterans will be joining Sheriff Joe Arpaio in the county's Tent City Jail to hand out the new uniforms.

Arpaio, an Army veteran, says the flag is being added out of respect for the nation's heritage and he hopes inmates will feel a sense of pride and honor when wearing the new uniforms.

County officials did not say how much the new uniforms cost.