Inmates made to wear pink men's underwear by sheriff

Published: 12th March 2012

Inmates made to wear pink men's underwear by sheriff
While prison is supposed to be tough, a sheriff from Arizona is being criticised for his strict uniform policy.

Maricopa County sheriff Joe Arpaio's policy of dressing inmates in pink men's underwear has come under fire after a man appealed to the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals.

The court questioned the legal justification for dressing inmates in pink undergarments, especially for prisoners who are awaiting conviction.

Sheriff Arpaio has won support from voters during his 20-year tenure for his pink underwear policy and often dressing inmates in old-time striped jail uniforms.

Despite often joking with the press about the clothing choice the issue has come to the forefront of US media after a mentally ill man was forced to wear the pink undergarments against his will and feared that he was going to be sexually assaulted.

The sheriff has refuted these claims and argues that the man suffered no harm from police during his arrest.

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