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Georgia Jail is Going Pink

POSTED: Monday, November 30, 2009 - 10:32am

UPDATED: Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 11:59pm

Georgia's Ben Hill County jail is getting a new look, and most inmates won't be thrilled. The Sheriff is painting the entire jail bright pink. Pure Pepto Bismol Pink will cover every wall inside the jail.

"We are also going to have pink shower shoes, pink wash clothes, pink towels, pink sheets and pink blankets," said jail administrator Martin Hough.

But why so much pink? The Sheriff says there are plenty of reasons. "Our goal here is not to just have a calming effect on all of the inmates but to make them not want to come back to the Ben Hill County Jail," said Sheriff Bobby McLemore.

Its been six years since the jail was painted so most cells are overloaded with graffiti. It can also help keep the inmates behind bars. Just months ago two inmates escaped from the jail wearing orange jumpsuits.

"If you see a bright pink jumpsuit you know we got an inmate on the lose," said the Sheriff. And the girls? They get bright lime green.

The sheriff is taking his pink d├ęcor very seriously, all the way down to bright pink handcuffs. "This is our decor and if they don't like our decor then they don't have to come back to our jail," said the Sheriff.

Officials are hoping the new colors work wonders on the inmates. "They really need soothing in jails they are extremely difficult to manage in county jails," said Hough. They are hoping to have everything pink within the next month.