Last month, Dallas County inmates started acting like two-year-olds -- well, exceptionally violent two-year-olds. TheyÂ set fire to, and vandalized, theÂ jail in a spectacularly colicky fit. So Sheriff Mike RackleyÂ decidedÂ to redecorateÂ inÂ the sameÂ bratty spirit. The inmates' quarters are nowÂ pink with blue teddy bear accents:
"Teddy bears are soothing," [he said].Â "So we made it like a daycare and that's kind of like what it is, a day care for adults who can't control their behavior in public."
Eight inmates already have been returned to the jail, but they are confined to their cells 23 hours a day because of the construction and are "a little testy" because of the restrictions.
"They haven't said much about the color scheme," Rackley said.
Next step: replace theÂ soap-on-a-rope with No More Tears.