Fitzgerald jail pretty in pink - WALB.com, Albany News, Weather, Sports

Fitzgerald jail pretty in pink

Posted: Updated:
  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Bombings kills 13 in Iraq

    Bombings kills 13 in Iraq

    Bombings kills 13 in Iraq

    Saturday, August 30 2014 12:00 PM EDT2014-08-30 16:00:13 GMT
     Iraqi forces are battling suicide bombers and brutal Islamic State terrorists in Iraq. (Source: CNN) Iraqi forces are battling suicide bombers and brutal Islamic State terrorists in Iraq. (Source: CNN)
    Two bombings targeting the Iraqi military killed 13 people, including six soldiers, south of Baghdad on Saturday.More >>
    Two bombings targeting the Iraqi military killed 13 people, including six soldiers, south of Baghdad on Saturday.More >>
  • Camilla police investigating Friday night shooting

    Camilla police investigating Friday night shooting

    Camilla police investigating Friday night shooting

    Saturday, August 30 2014 11:33 AM EDT2014-08-30 15:33:35 GMT
    (Source:MGN Online)(Source:MGN Online)
    Camilla police are investigating a shooting that happened Friday night.More >>
    Camilla police are investigating a shooting that happened Friday night.More >>
  • Liberian Ebola survivor praises experimental drug

    Liberian Ebola survivor praises experimental drug

    Liberian Ebola survivor praises experimental drug

    Saturday, August 30 2014 11:00 AM EDT2014-08-30 15:00:11 GMT
    Healthcare workers help treat Liberians in an effort to combat an outbreak of Ebola. (Source: CNN)Healthcare workers help treat Liberians in an effort to combat an outbreak of Ebola. (Source: CNN)
    A Liberian health worker who recovered from Ebola after receiving an experimental drug urged the manufacturer to speed up its production.More >>
    A Liberian health worker who recovered from Ebola after receiving an experimental drug urged the manufacturer to speed up its production.More >>

By  Stephanie Springer  - bio | email

FITZGERALD, GA (WALB) –  For two months, 95 men and 13 women in Ben Hill County have had a chance to get used to the jail's shocking new look.

The Sheriff decided to paint the entire jail bright pink and lime green to help calm down the inmates. 

At first, inmates say the colors were a little shocking. "I was thinking those are girls colors," said Robert Alexander, an inmate at the Ben Hill Co. Jail.

But for two months, everyone has had a chance to get used to the new, feminine look. "It was more depressing but the pink really doesn't make it as much as a prison," said an inmate.

"I don't hear beating on the cells most days no more," said Alexander.

Including Sheriff Bobby McLemore,

"Everywhere you look in this jail except the ladies cell will be pink, pure pepto bismol pink," said Sheriff Bobby McLemore.

He says the pink has done wonders for the inmates "We have had very few fights, tempers don't flare half as bad as they used to this really worked."

The Sheriff says he decided to make the drastic change because the cells were overloaded with graffiti, and the inmates needed calming. "Before we painted the jail pink it was loud you couldn't hardly hear yourself think."

And research has shown jails who have gone pink have had great success.

"The first thing they see is pink walls and its pink from there on out," said McLemore.

But its not all pink, the female inmates are dealing with bright lime green. So far the Sheriff says the women don't have much to say about their new look.

"They have just put there lime green jumpsuits on, and gotten in their cells. There has really been no comment," said McLemore.

I'd rather be in the pink than green, the green would make you go crazy," says an inmate. Alexander agrees "I think I'd rather take the pink, cause the green it gives off a glow,"

The sheriff says he hopes it sends a message to other inmates

If you don't like pink, stay free don't break the law," said Alexander.

Inmates say it already has.

Inmates did all the painting.

If they would have hired an outside contractor, it would have cost 90,000 dollars.

  Other jails have experimented with pink before, and the opinions are mixed-

  

©2010 WALB News. All rights reserved.   Feedback