Robinson concocted the scheme after he noticed "what appeared to be a huge uptake in the number of shoplifting cases occurring in the community," he told the Toledo Blade.
He decided shoplifters need to "suffer a little bit of humility," and had the bright shirts custom made.
The judge insists the fashion statement is working - and decided to expand the clothing line.
One man was ordered to wear a shirt that reads "I starved my horses to death," Robinson said.
The convicts have some obvious reservations about the duds.
"Do I really have to wear this?," one offender asked upon receiving the shirt.
At least one shoplifter offered to pay a stiffer fine instead, the judge said.