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"Bureaucracies hide their mistakes, because people's careers are tied to those mistakes. Therefore, bureaucracies are a perfect mechanism for perpetuating mistakes."
- Frank Herbert

Transparent Overalls  
  Perfect for prisoners, because nothing can be concealed.  

These clothes were something else again. A single-piece overall made of soft and flexible plastic they provided protection and warmth for the wearer. Yet they were the ideal prison dress because they were completely transparent. This continual shielded-nakedness was certainly not morale building and I began to have even more respect for the gray men. And everything done in silence despite my attempts at conversation. The final sartorial touch was a metal collar that locked around my neck.
From The Stainless Steel Rat's Revenge, by Harry Harrison.
Published by Pyramid in 1970
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Compare to the plastirobe from Philip K. Dick's 1954 short story Sales Pitch.

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