For some reason, inmates, even those who worked in the fields were always dressed
in white. The prisons had huge, heavily staffed laundries to deal with the constant dirt and
mud, and getting a job in the prison laundry was considered a plum position. When my
cousin once came out of his room prior to a date dressed in all white, my aunt said,
"Go back in there and change. People with think you've run off from a prison farm."