Grovetown inmates wear hot pink uniforms

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News 12 at 11, Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015

GROVETOWN, Ga (WRDW) -- Grovetown inmates going through a bit of a wardrobe change. Now, they're pretty in pink. On Monday, the jail started passing out pink uniforms for inmates to wear everyday, but there's a reason the orange jumpsuits are out.

After two inmates escaped from the Grovetown detention center in July, and with a new chief they're stepping up security and making some changes. One is a simple change in color that could make a world of difference.

The Grovetown jail is seeing 50 shades of pink.

"Who wants to come to jail and wear pink," said Sgt. Cameron Brown with Grovetown Public Safety.

Three days ago, the typical orange inmate uniforms became so last season when officers started making their inmates wear hot pink uniforms.

"Wearing the pink kind of let's them know we run the jail and they don't," said Sgt. Brown.

Another reason for the bright uniforms, visibility.
Grovetown started a new inmate work detail picking up trash and cleaning the roads, so if you're driving through town you could catch a glimpse.

"Seeing them in pink yes ma'am, with shackles on and an officer standing right with them," said Sgt. Brown.

More importantly, officers hope it will keep them from coming back.
Georgia has a 30 percent recidivism rate, and officers in Grovetown said there are a few familiar faces.

"I think every facility has some people that they can just rattle off their name and date of birth just because they've been in here so much," said Sgt. Brown.

A fashion statement, officers said is already working.

"A lot of them have said, I'm not coming back because I'm not wearing pink," said Sgt. Brown.

As a growing city, they could see more inmates coming, a reason why they're thinking out of the box.

"Law enforcement has changed a lot in the past several years so keeping up with technology keeping up with the times," said Sgt. Brown.

There are other states that have made their inmates wear pink, one in Texas, and one in Arizona. Those pink uniforms aren't the only thing changing at the Grovetown jail. They added several more security cameras so they have eyes everywhere.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

GROVETOWN, Ga (WRDW) -- Grovetown Public Safety says it is making changes to its detention center. In addition to several security measures, inmates are required to wear hot pink uniforms.

Grovetown wants to demonstrate that officers are in charge at the Grovetown Detention Center, not the inmates, according to Public Safety Chief Gary Jones. Jones says he hopes the uniforms will serve as a deterrent and will make inmates not want to return.