Inmates in Grovetown, Georgia are getting a whole new wardrobe thanks to Chief Gary Jones, director of Grovetown’s Public Safety Department.
Jones has taken an unusual approach to reducing crime by opting to clothe inmates in hot-pink uniforms.
“It’s our job to make sure they don’t want to come back,” Jones told The Augusta Chronicle.
Jones believes Grovetown is the first police department in Georgia to give its inmates pink uniforms. However, Jones admitted the wardrobe changes were inspired by Joe Arpaio, the notorious sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona.
Arpaio, the self-proclaimed “toughest Sheriff in America,” instituted a “pink campaign” in the jails he oversees, forcing inmates to wear pink underwear.
Jones hopes the uniforms deter other people from committing crimes and prevent recidivism. “First of all, we want to demonstrate that we run the jail, not the inmates. Secondly, we hope this helps make sure no one reoffends,” he said.
He believes the inmates will be hard to ignore in their pink uniforms when they collect litter from public roads.
“We want our inmates to be seen picking up trash in highly visible uniforms,” Jones said.
“We want people to drive by and say, ‘We never want to be in that position.’”