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08-24-2010, 02:43 PM
My story has female prisoners escaping while being transferred from a low to a high security prison in the UK.

Anyone please tell me what they'd be wearing?


08-24-2010, 03:24 PM
I don't know about other areas, but here there is no uniform for low security prisoners. They can wear their own clothes.

Not sure how that would apply to moving location etc, I would assume that in those cases there would be some sort of identifying garmet - a bib or something?

EDIT: I should have said GENERALLY no uniform. I checked, and it seems that individual prisons dictate thier own uniform guidelines. so I guess it depends where you ened up

08-24-2010, 03:34 PM
Thanks shaldna. Where did you check?

I think I'm going for north of England.

Becky Black
08-24-2010, 03:57 PM
Might want to check this link out for women's prisons in the UK and where they're located.
There's a link to a "Prisoner's Handbook" on that page. Might have something about clothing in there?

08-24-2010, 04:21 PM
Ooh, thanks. That's useful. It confirms what I thought - most female prisoners wear their own clothes. But if someone is considered an escape risk they will be given different clothes to wear to make them stand out... and it doesn't say what these are. My characters are being transferred to a higher security prison because they're a higher risk - I'm sure they'd be given uniform. I just don't know what!

08-25-2010, 09:39 AM
This might sound a bit old school but try _phoning_ the prison service and explaining that you're writing a story and will give a 'thank you' in the book to them. They'll probably be quite helpful... unless you manage to make it sound like you want to break a prisoner out of jail!


08-25-2010, 01:20 PM
it's the same as here in NZ and the prisoners being moved wear a bright orange or yellow all-in-one coverall/jumpsuit thing over their clothes.