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02 Dec 2008 09:05
Fancy sneakers get the boot at New York prisons
Fancy sports shoes were declared off limits at New York prisons from Monday as authorities sought to reduce friction between fashion-conscious inmates.
The Correction Department banned snazzy sneakers and issued prisoners with identical canvas shoes costing $2 a pair, the Daily News reported.
“This is another step in reducing and controlling inmate-inmate violence, particularly among adolescents who do fight over brand sneakers,” prisons spokesperson Stephen Morello was quoted as saying.
New York prisoners mostly wear their own clothes, rather than uniforms.—AFP
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