Jail Uniforms May Change in Baxter County, Ark

By Ozark Area Network

Published 08/01 2014 08:38AM

Updated 08/01 2014 08:40AM

courtesy: Ozark Area Network
MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. -- A Baxter County Quorum Court member is pushing for new inmate uniforms.

Gary Tennison is planning on bringing the issue up at the quorum court's August 5 meeting. Tennison says the black-and-white-striped uniforms with sandals are "dehumanizing" for inmates. The drafted ordinance states the change would "alleviate possible psychological damage to inmates" by putting them in new outfits, like green scrubs.

Sheriff John Montgomery, who instituted the outfit when he was elected 10 years ago, says that the inmates wear the noticeable outfits for security purposes, adding that prisoners are treated humanely, but that the sheriff's office isn't "running a camp".

(Ozarks Area Network)

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