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MCSO swapping black and white inmate uniforms for orange, phasing out pink underwear

Posted at 6:16 PM, Nov 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-23 00:31:59-05

The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office says they’re replacing the black and white uniforms inmates have been wearing for years with orange uniforms to cut costs.

MCSO says switching to orange uniforms will save near 12 percent on costs a year, which is at least $22,000.

An MCSO spokesperson also says they have begun phasing out the pink underwear that former Sheriff Joe Arpaio put into place early in his tenure.

“As the pink underwear wears out, it is being replaced with white,” the spokesperson said. The pink underwear has not been completely phased out yet, and MCSO didn't say when it would be.

MCSO moved to black and white striped uniforms in 1997. The new orange colored system will separate inmates into three different uniforms: unsentenced, sentenced and juvenile.