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Inmates Wear Pink


There is a new rule at the Iberia Parish Jail.  If you get out of line, you'll end up looking pretty in pink.

That's the newest change Sheriff Louis Ackal is implementing to make sure the prisoners stay on good behavior.

Not only will the bad inmates have to wear pink, but they will have to sit, eat and sleep in it too.

Between the beige and brown cells of the Iberia Parish jail there is a new trend of pink and bad  inmates are the models.

It's a punishment Warden Frank Ellis says he learned was very effective since they implemented the pink jumpsuits 8 months ago.

Now, they're painting the lockdown pod to match the inmate uniforms.

Warden Ellis" "a color means something, when they are put in pink, it's demeaning to them, they feel they lost their manhood they've lost control and we are now in control."

The pink jail cell is not for any prisoner, the warden tells us it's for violent and high risk inmates.

Warden Ellis: "They weren't happy about it, but they have to follow rules and regulations."

If they don't follow regulations, that inmate knows he'll end up at what is now being called "The Flamingo Hotel",

"It would really disturb me to wear pink and go to court in pink. It's not easy wearing pink" said one inmate we spoke to.

For the warden, the change to pink has meant a change to a prettier attitude.

Another inmate explains: "If it was Abercrombie and I wasn't here it wouldn't matter, but due to the fact, it's a pink jumpsuit and you are in jail, you have to uphold some manly levels."

Sarah Forgany

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