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Old 04-05-2013, 06:55 PM
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Originally Posted by alphaboi867 View Post
When did women's prisons & jails make the switch from dresses to pants? Or are there still facilities that require female inmates to wear dresses?
It's a good question. This might be an interesting area of research. Two things come to mind. First of all, women wearing trousers in public didn't become generally accepted in the West (it was common elsewhere in the world) until at least the middle of the 20th century, so if women were being issued pants in prisons in 1890 that might be notable as a departure from generally acceptable social practice, possibly to the extent that it would have been considered crossdressing. Second of all, I wonder how many women inmates there really were back then and how dangerous they would have been considered. Were the conditions of imprisonment different (e.g. different physical facilities or different living conditions in the same facility) or were they commonly fast-tracked for parole?

Originally Posted by Little Nemo View Post
...There is a uniform skirt for female prisoners but virtually none of them choose to wear it.
Why not? Are there cultural pressures against it? Is it extremly unflattering (though, one could say that about most prison uniforms)?

Originally Posted by robert_columbia View Post
I visited the exhibit on the imprisonment of the suffragettes at the old prison in Lorton, VA (which apparently isn't the actual facility they were at but was close). ...
Here's a link to information about the exhibit:

The exhibit is at what used to be the Lorton Prison. The Occoquan Workhouse, where the suffragettes were held, was nearby.

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