In Episode 08 and 09 of Season 02, in Netflix's Daredevil (TV Series 2015– ), we see Frank Castle (Punisher) in prison.

Why do all the other inmates, including Fisk, wear orange jumpsuits, while Frank Castle wears white?

I'm looking for an in-universe explanation (a red skull logo pops much better on white than it would on orange, so that makes sense as a meta, out-of-universe decision).

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Prison uniforms can have different colors depending on different crimes/roles in the US.

Different color designations are commonly used to indicate the status of the inmate. The uniforms may be in plain colors or horizontally striped black or white.

In some cases the following color code is used

  • Dark red: supermax, or "worst of the worst"

  • Red: high-risk

  • Orange: medium-risk

  • Khaki or yellow: low-risk

  • White: segregation unit or in specific cases, death row inmates

  • Green or blue: low-risk inmates on work detail (e.g. kitchen, cleaning, laundry, mail, or other tasks)

  • Black/orange and white stripes: unspecific, commonly used for any status in some prisons

  • Pink: used for special punishment in some prisons


As I recall, Fisk is a "white collar" criminal aand although he's crime boss he'd be considered Medium Risk

Frank Castle on the other hand, is a violent mass murderer.

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    *Season 2, Episode 9, Time code 00:01:27: "Newbies wear white." – Lettmannen * Commented Aug 2, 2017 at 11:18

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