Some Florida inmates won't be given free underwear anymore.
Life for inmates in the Polk County jail is about to become shall we say more uncomfortable. Sheriff Grady Judd has already done away with some recreational activities and certain foods. Now comes word the county will no longer provide free underwear to male inmates.
Sheriff Grady Judd says "if you and i need to buy some underwear we go to the store and buy them so if folks we book into the county jail the men would like underwear we will sell them to them on a commissary this is the county jail it is not a welfare program."
The county started buying the underwear years ago as a way to cut down on labor intensive searches.
Sheriff Judd says "because they will sew marijuana into them they'll sew weapons into them they'll sew lighters into them so they went from allowing people to bring underwear into the facility to selling them underwear."
Now the sheriff says this latest move. Will save the county about $45,000 a year.
Sheriff Judd says "why shouldn't they pay like the rest of us pay... we pay to maintain the county jail to keep them there certainly they can pay their way as much as they can afford."
The sheriff says the county jail will offer one brand and in one color white. But what if inmates choose not to buy the underwear?
Sheriff Judd says "the wind blows up one pants leg and down the other. it is their choice there is no state law there is no federal law that says we have to provide underwear in the county jail so they'll just be free spirits."
By the way, the cost of the underwear varies. If inmates prefer boxers, they're 4.48 a pair. And if they'd rather wear briefs they're 2.54 a pair. Female inmates will still be offered free underwear due to health concerns.