Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Banning Boots for Prisoners Is Not Reasonable

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Banning Boots for Prisoners Is Not Reasonable

Article excerpt

After an inmate brutally assaulted a correctional officer at SCI Somerset last week, some have asked for a systemwide ban on work boots in our prisons. The Post-Gazette's editorial board immediately jumped on the bandwagon, running an editorial titled "Ban the Boots" (March 3), calling the request "eminently reasonable" and suggesting that a ban on boots is a no-brainer.

There are approximately 45,000 men housed in our correctional facilities in Pennsylvania. Most of them will be released someday. Those men will need to adjust to a world requiring accountability and responsibility. Transitioning will be a challenge, given that our prisoners have enormous confines placed upon them in prison.

A visitor to any state correctional facility will see most inmates dressed in orange jumpsuits and soft slip-on shoes. …

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