Prison Garb Mix-Up Means More Coats for the Homeless

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DOYLESTOWN, Pennsylvania (AP)–

Hundreds of winter coats earmarked for inmates near Philadelphia will instead warm the homeless because they arrived in a too-familiar shade of prison blue.

Officials say the tan coats they ordered for the Bucks County Jail arrived in a shade similar to the coats worn by guards.

So women inmates in Doylestown, Bucks County, have helped with some tailoring.

The Bucks County Courier Times reports that the 400 coats now have a new flap over the word “inmate” and are on their way to homeless shelters and outreach programs.

County spokesman Chris Edwards says the county won’t have to pay for the items because of the shipping error.

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