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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Hello Kitty does Sing Sing

Academics in the U.K. have received a grant of more than £125,000 to study the effect of color on criminal behavior. Professor Charles Spence of Oxford University and Professor Hilary Dalke of Kingston University will be painting the quarters at young offenders' institutions and prisons pink. Professor Spence states,"Neuroscience has shown the color pink has a calming effect."

The two professors are familiar with Texas sheriff Clint Low who in 2006 had the cells in his jail painted pink. Jail inmates wear pink underwear, don pink jumpsuits, sport pink slippers, and sleep on pink sheets. Low claims that "the rate of return offenders has been cut by as much as 68% and since painting the jail there have been no inmate-on-inmate or inmate-on-officer assaults."

[Daily Mail via Jezebel]

8 comments:

Jon A said...

While inmate-on-inmate assault is down, inmate-on-inmate ... ah, forget it ... too easy. :D

Robin said...

That's gotta be one of the top 10 blog headlines of 2008.

erin@designcrisis said...

Agree with Robin, disagree with the idea that pink is calming. My dad painted my childhood bedroom pink (I was not involved in the color selection process, rest assured) and I found it to be one of the most agitating colors, ever. Although perhaps it is more jolly than cinderblock gray or blood red.

David said...

Well really, who can help but feel happy in a pair of pink tighty-whities?

hello gorgeous said...

I thought the Texas sheriff did it as an embarrassment to the inmates. I mean, how cool is being in prison when you look like a ballerina? You kind of lose your tough guy image in the hood...

Decorina said...

I'm with HG. I thought it was to demoralize them. Think the sherrif (Arapaio) in Arizona did the same maybe.

David, thanks for that visual, you da man.

Audrey said...

what a wonderful blog!!!

Raina said...

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