Prison Blues started with two ingredients: First is a federal government grant funded by drug money seizures. Second is a plan to defray incarceration costs. The state of Oregon conducted a study to establish a viable product for production. The conclusion that Oregon's manufacturers would not suffer from a prison garment industry laid the groundwork for our garment factory in 1989 to manufacture jeans, yard coats, work shirts, and T-shirts for inmates. Never forgetting our roots, we continue to manufacture garments worn by inmates throughout Oregon. Our commercial product line includes american apparel with logo designs, Prison Blues blue jeans, jackets, hickory work shirts, sweatshirts, T-shirts, work aprons, hats and more made with pride!
Made in the USA from domestic denim and new to me,, the clothes made by the Prison Blues Company are some of the most durable you will ever lay your hands on. Based on classic American designs, the range includes the '50's cut classic blue jeans' made from 14.75 oz 'rigid' cotton denim and a high waist cut for a great fit.
'Rigid' denim products are unwashed and not pre-shrunk. As a result they are sized accordingly. Unwashed denim will measure slightly larger than the label size to allow for normal shrinkage after repeated home washings.
ABOUT PRISON BLUES.....
The inmates who work in the Prison Blues factory do so at their own request. No one is forced to work in the plant and the workers are paid the prevailing industry wage for the job they do. After deductions for taxes, bed and board and victim restitution, workers keep around 20% of the earnings which can be sent to relatives or saved to provide a 'nest egg' for their release. There is currently a three year waiting list for workers to get on the programme. Workers on the programme learn basic skills and a work ethic that they will take with them when they are released back in to society. Research has shown that inmates who have worked on the programme are 50% less likely to re-offend than the USA average