In an effort to soothe the temperaments of riled-up inmates, a prison in Switzerland has painted 30 of its cells pink.
In an effort to soothe the temperaments of riled-up inmates, prisons in Switzerland have painted about 30 of their cells pink.
The redecorating is based on studies that show pink has a calming effect, and being rage-filled in its presence is tough, if not nearly impossible.
A member of one research group that looked into the psychological impact of the color explained, "Even if a person tries to be angry or aggressive in the presence of pink, he can't. The heart muscles can’t race fast enough. It’s a tranquilizing color that saps your energy. Even the color-blind are tranquilized by pink rooms."
Psychologist Daniela Spath agrees that the special cells have proven to calm savage beasts in as little as 15 minutes.
The typical duration of a stay in one of them is two hours.
Several police stations in Switzerland have tried the tactic as well and reported similarly successful results.
Rowdy and intoxicated guests of the facility put in pink cells are said to go to sleep much faster.
The prisoners aren’t as excited about it, though, expressing that they feel humiliated when they’re forced to stay in a “little girls room”.