- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 13, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - Jail watchdogs have expressed skepticism over a plan to mandate all New York City inmates wear uniforms.

Members of the oversight board told a top jail official at a meeting Tuesday a limited rollout of the initiative at the Rikers Island jail complex had flaws.

City rules say jail officials can’t require uniforms until they can provide regular laundry services and extra sets of clothing. A jail official said workers are trying to firm up those logistics.

But board members said the plan wasn’t working. They cautioned that wearing a jail uniform before juries is prejudicial.

Many of the roughly 9,000 city inmates can wear street clothes. Inmates sentenced to short stints wear green jumpsuits. But all inmates who have court dates before a jury are entitled to civilian clothing.

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