Naperville non-profit gives DuPage County inmates access to dress clothes for court, job interviews

 A Naperville-based nonprofit is helping provide some DuPage County inmates with new confidence and potential opportunities through clothing.
A Naperville-based nonprofit is helping provide some DuPage County inmates with new confidence and potential opportunities through clothing. Photo credit DuPage County Sheriff's Office

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A Naperville-based nonprofit is helping provide some DuPage County inmates with new confidence and potential opportunities through clothing.

In the past, the group Suits for Success has teamed up with the DuPage County Correctional Facility to donate dress and casual clothes for male inmates.

This week, they’re doing the same for females.

“Prior to this, we were just relying on small donations from private people,” Sheriff James Mendrick said. “We really had no source of consistent clothing.”

Mendrick said the dress clothes helps change the narrative of inmate’s court appearances.

“If you’re in an orange jumpsuit, that already has a preemptive appearance of guilt. ‘Oh, an orange jumpsuit, that’s a bad guy,’” he said.

With a focus on vocational training, Mendrick also hopes the clothing provides inmates with a sense of confidence during job interviews.

“Everybody should have that opportunity, not just people who are affluent," he said.

For more information on Suits for Success, or to arrange a donation, visit suitsforsuccess.net.