MOUNTAIN HOME — The Baxter County Quorum Court has killed a proposal to replace inmates' black-and-white striped jail uniforms with green scrubs.
The Baxter Bulletin reported that the court voted down the proposal 10-1 Tuesday night. The only vote in favor came from the proposal's creator, Gary Tennison. He called the uniforms dehumanizing.
Tennison said inmates are humiliated by the uniforms, which has a negative impact on their rehabilitation and reintegration into society.
Sheriff John Montgomery previously called the uniforms a public safety issue. He said he doesn't want inmates in outfits that resemble civilian clothing in case they escape.