USA  /  Colorado  /  Arapahoe County Jail has 1,420 interviews from ex-inmates. Share your story
Find Arapahoe County Jail inmates...


Interview with Katrina, Rachel, Graham, Gordon, Marcus, Melissa and Andrea

JM: What clothes could you have brought in to wear in the jail (underwear, socks, etc.)?
Katrina: scrubs
Rachel: Scrub
Graham: You could not bring ANYTHING in. And if you got caught trying it was a write up.
Gordon: Nothing was allowed in. You had to wear other persons underweras and garments. Very bad for hygeneine.
Marcus: Twice a week they'd give us two sets of scrubs and enough sox and underwear for each day.
Melissa: All of your clothes are taken and check into your personal belongings bag.
Andrea: You can't take anything in.

JM: If you had a set uniform, what did it look like? Please be specific about each piece of clothing issued to you.
Katrina: in araphoe i wore blue and douglas i wore orange
Rachel: Yes,blue scrubs
Graham: It was an orange set of scrubs that were old and dirty. Then the socks were always long socks. The underwater were whitey tightys. And the shoes where plastic sandels.
Gordon: It was orange. It was the all typical prison garb. Torn and delapadated. worn out and dirty. The jail staff just simply did not care.
Marcus: Mine and most peoples were blue unless you were risk of suicide, previous escape or attempted escape, or previous assault on an officer. They were pants and a shirt with a pocket stamped Arapahoe county jail down the leg and on your back in old western letters.
Melissa: "Jumpsuit" Scrubs. Different colors for different inmates. Socks, Briefs, Sports Bra, Pants, Tee Shirt, Scrubs Top.
Andrea: Plastic open sandals, white socks, huge white underwear, white "sports bra", white tee shirt, and "Jail Scrubs" which are pants and a scrub shirt. Orange and Blue were the colors I saw.

JM: Were there any assigned clothes in high demand that an inmate should look for when getting clothing assigned?
Katrina: in araphoe the color goes off your crime and douglas its one block so evreyone where the same red
Rachel: I guess I seen three different colors for different crimes
Graham: Nope all of it looks the same and it's all dirty didn't really matter.
Gordon: No, there was not any. You had to barter for some good clothing.
Marcus: You had to wear red if you were a risk of suicide, previous escape or attempted escape, or previous assault on an officer.
Melissa: I don't know.
Andrea: No choices

JM: Was the clothing different between men and women?
Katrina: no it was not
Rachel: No
Graham: I don't know what they gave the women.
Gordon: No. No. No. No. No.
Marcus: The clothes and colors were the same.
Melissa: No.
Andrea: I don't know.

Advice from ex-inmates of the Arapahoe County Jail

comments powered by Disqus