Contact Us

Mississippi County Proposes Law Banning Saggy Pants — Is It Fair? [POLL]

newtown_grafitti, flickr

In Hinds County, MS — home of Jackson, the state’s capital — the unemployment rate is a staggering 9.1 percent, and more than a fifth of the county’s residents live below the poverty line.

But according to some local government officials, more people there would be able to get a job if they’d just pull their darned pants up, so they want to enact a law banning saggy pants.

The proposed ban would affect people wearing pants that hang more than three inches below the hip or expose skin or underwear. Penalties would range from a warning to a $10 fine and community service.

County Supervisor Kenneth Stokes said the ban would improve someone’s chances of getting a job, discourage kids from dropping out of high school and prepare them for employment later on.

The ACLU, however, is not convinced, saying the idea is unconstitutional and will “end up targeting black neighborhoods and, for kids who have done nothing other than wear their pants too low, bring them into contact with the police unnecessarily.”

Hinds County Supervisor Phil Fisher is also not a fan, calling the ban “a waste of time for law enforcement” and adding that “parents should raise their own children and not rely on law enforcement to raise them.”

[ABC News]

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for TSM Interactive quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!