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Ever hear of Joe Arpaio? Neither had I, but I like him!

Arizona criminals find jail too in-'tents'

Arpaio has dramatically cut prison costs since becoming sheriff seven years ago

July 27, 1999
Web posted at: 2:00 p.m. EDT (1800 GMT)

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MARICOPA COUNTY, Arizona (CNN) -- The tent city looks like a military camp in the desert, with thick canvas sleeping quarters spreading out in a remote area of Arizona.

The inhabitants, however, are not soldiers, but residents of an unusual, some say brutal, prison run by legendary lawman Joe Arpaio, called the toughest sheriff in the West.

For the Maricopa County sheriff, who opened the nation's largest tent prison in 1993, saving taxpayer pennies matters more than comforting convicted felons.

"We took away coffee, that saved $150,000 a year. Why do you need coffee in jail?" says Arpaio, patrolling the dusty, barren grounds. "Switched to bologna sandwiches, that saved half a million dollars a year."

Arpaio makes inmates pay for their meals, which some say are worse than those for the guard dogs. Canines eat $1.10 worth of food a day, the inmate 90 cents, the sheriff says. "I'm very proud of that too."

Critics rail against harsh conditions in the prison, where temperatures can top 100 degrees.

"We still have rights, but they act like we're scum," one inmate complains.

Adds Eleanor Eisenberg of the ACLU: "Sheriff Arpaio has conditions in his jail that are inhumane, and he's proud of it."

Arpaio boasts of his chain gangs for men and women, which "contribute thousands of dollars of free labor to taxpayers each month," according to his Web site.


Sheriff Arpaio requires inmates to wear striped uniforms and pink underwear

Pink underwear and bedtime stories

Inmates follow strict fashion and lifestyle guidelines. They are forced to wear old-fashioned prison stripes and pink underwear. Prohibited items include cigarettes, adult magazines, hot lunches and television -- except for his bedtime story reading, a self-styled literacy program broadcast nightly to the inmates.

The sheriff, who spent more than 25 years in the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, including a stint as a special agent in Turkey, has taken justice to rare extremes in other areas as well.

He has the nation's largest group of volunteer law enforcers, according to his Web site. More than 2,500 people are in his "posse," who go after prostitutes, graffiti artists and criminals at shopping malls.

Although Arpaio has lowered the prison budget, his unorthodox prison management style has led to some high legal expenses. The country has been hit with hundreds of inmate-related lawsuits, and ordered to pay millions in legal damages. Recent cases include:

In January, the county settled a wrongful-death suit filed by the family of Scott Norberg for $8.5 million. He died, reportedly of asphyxiation, as he struggled with prison guards in 1996.


The inmates live in tents in a sparse environment without air conditioning
In April, a jury awarded $1.5 million to an inmate denied medical treatment for a perforated ulcer. Tim Griffin, arrested for driving with a suspended license, required several surgeries for the perforated ulcer.

Another former inmate suing Arpaio, Richard Post, a paraplegic, claims guards treated him brutally and caused spinal cord damage.

Arpaio, who has also settled a civil suit with the U.S. Department of Justice over jail conditions, brushes off charges of brutality.

"That's garbage. Look at my officers. We run the safest jail system in the U.S.," he said.

Arpaio is among the state's most popular office-holders. He enjoys an 85 percent approval rating among voters in the county, which at 9,200 square miles is larger than some states, and includes the city of Phoenix.

Even some inmates treat him like a celebrity. As the sheriff stands in a group of female prisoners, one presents a legal pad.

"You want an autograph? What you got here? What's your name?" he asks.

On another occasion, a male prisoner, a look of anger on his face, tries to talk to the sheriff, who quickly interrupts:

"You have been convicted. You're doing your time. Do your time and shut your mouth and do what you have to do."
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http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,255428,00.html

Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio Tells FOX News Why Mitt Romney Picked Him for Presidential Campaign
Wednesday, February 28, 2007

By Sara Bonisteel


Mitt Romney and his wife, Ann.
A controversial Arizona sheriff known for making his inmates wear pink underwear and eat green bologna turned his back on his state's favored presidential candidate, opting instead to join forces with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

The Romney camp appointed Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio Monday as honorary chair of the campaign in the state of Arizona.

"The first time I met the governor at a private meeting, first thing he said was 'How's the pink underwear doing?'" Arpaio told FOXNews.com Wednesday.

Romney asked Arpaio to join his campaign in early January after several meetings, said Arpaio, who has made his name with a tough stance on immigration in the nation's fourth largest county.

"I like him," Arpaio said. "He's a man of principle, of good character. He did a great job in Massachusetts and I feel he's going to make a great president."

The sheriff, who was born and raised in Massachusetts, says his role in the campaign will include touting the Republican candidate in speeches throughout the state, and possibly the nation, where the tough-talking sheriff will stress Romney's ethics, his family life and his business acumen as reasons to vote him into office.

But Arpaio's decision to support the former Massachusetts governor begs the question as to why he decided to shirk the hometown candidate, Sen. John McCain. Arpaio refused to answer that question directly, choosing instead to allude to the Vietnam War hero.

"Arizona's important, maybe psychologically and politically because you have a fella here from Arizona running for president," Arpaio said. "And I guess, the hometown boy or the favorite son, they always seem to win; however don't forget, was it Gore that lost his own state in Tennessee?

"So I feel Mr. Romney has a great chance to win Arizona regardless of what polls and everybody else said," he said.

He called former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, also running for president, a "nice guy."

Maricopa County's sheriff made headlines last year for his controversial application of an anti-smuggling law that allowed him to jail illegal immigrants for smuggling themselves into the U.S. Inmates in the county, which includes Phoenix, are housed in a tent city where they are forced to wear pink underwear and eat green bologna.

"I'm sure the governor believes in my philosophy too," Arpaio said. "He sure would not be asking for my endorsement if he didn't believe in what I'm doing."

But Romney will have to win office before he'll get a chance to tour the tents. Four losing presidential contenders — Sens. Bob Dole, McCain, Phil Gramm and Gov. Pete Wilson — have toured the facility. Arpaio doesn't want to jinx Romney into being the fifth.

The Romney 2008 campaign also named Arizona political consultant Jason Rose as the state director of Romney's Republican bid for office.

"Each has many years of experience in Arizona politics and will help us mobilize our already robust network of grassroots support," said Romney in a statement. "They will be strong surrogates for our optimistic message of a stronger and safer America."
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Kinda unorthodox but I think they should put the murderers, pedophiles, and people like that in there. I dont think the guy that had a suspended liscence should be serving his time in a place like that.
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Kinda unorthodox but I think they should put the murderers, pedophiles, and people like that in there. I dont think the guy that had a suspended liscence should be serving his time in a place like that.
Why? People's licenses are suspended, 99% of the time, for dangerous driving... Plus something else has to be going on for you to be thrown in jail for driving under a suspended license... Maybe this guy had 5 DUI's... Bottom line is he broke the law... You do the crime... you do the time...

He has been quoted elsewhere saying, paraphrased, 'Our soldiers in Iraq live in tents and wear full battle gear with temperatures at 130, and they aren't convicted criminals.'

The things I like the most were the cost cutting, removal of weight training equipment, the 5-channel cable programming, no smokes, and no porno mags. The chaingang thing was cool too... In another article I found he was quoted as saying he started chaingangs for women so he could not be accused of discrimination.

I have said it before, and I will say it again... for the most part our prisons are too nice and our prisoners have too much freedom... I don't have cable because that's just not a cost I can afford right now... I have to work 50 hours a week to keep my belly full and my lights on... Prisons have cable TV, three meals a day, and prisoners don't have chit to do but lift weights... PRISON SHOULD BE PUNISHMENT!
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PRISON SHOULD BE PUNISHMENT!
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I know all about him, I was cop in Maricopa County.
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I know all about him, I was cop in Maricopa County.
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and thats the way it should be.... i worked in a juvie prison. the little bastards had it better than did living on my own. the prison to much like the holiday inn. make them work hard... take out all the bs... its prison
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i like this guy
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I can respect that man!! I'd vote for him!




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IMO its a great program and should be adapted all over the country.

YA THINK???
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IMO its a great program and should be adapted all over the country.
it'd save ALOT of damn money
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I like Sheriff Joe. And to all the hippy bastards who think that it's terrible for inmates to live in tents under 100+F temperature, what the hell do you think our GIs live in when they're in Iraq and Afghanistan?

I spent six months under a camouflage net during Desert Shield/Desert Storm. I didn't even have a freaking tent to live in. Screw the criminals!!!
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Absolutely, it costs $81 per day to house inmates here at the local jail.
Figure the math on that and it adds up to some major bucks annually.

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I like Sheriff Joe. And to all the hippy bastards who think that it's terrible for inmates to live in tents under 100+F temperature, what the hell do you think our GIs live in when they're in Iraq and Afghanistan?

I spent six months under a camouflage net during Desert Shield/Desert Storm. I didn't even have a freaking tent to live in. Screw the criminals!!!


even with the AC in Qutar it was 100+ in the tents... and our A/C only worked half the time! I'd have given my left nut to be in cool Arizona
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Absolutely, it costs $81 per day to house inmates here at the local jail.
Figure the math on that and it adds up to some major bucks annually.
and actually that's $81 PER day PER Criminal!
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Right on Sherrif.

This guy is a no-nonsense sherrif. I like that. You know I'm a black man and I've lead a non-criminal life and some of my friends from high school used to always get into criminal activities. They'd call me a square and a nerd. Now that they are older, I have a 9 to 5 job making good money and some of them has been in and out of jail. They are not my closest friends anymore, but I see them from time to time & give them respect. One thing I hate about them and don't respect is that they actually brag about how many times they've been to jail and also brag about how many facilities. They talk like it's a badge of honor. I say I wish they were in this guys prisons and maybe, just maybe once they went to prison the 1st time they would have never wanted to go back, nevertheless brag about their skits in prison.
I welcome your comments everyone.
And I'm not trying to take over this forum.

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This guy is a no-nonsense sherrif. I like that. You know I'm a black man and I've lead a non-criminal life and some of my friends from high school used to always get into criminal activities. They'd call me a square and a nerd. Now that they are older, I have a 9 to 5 job making good money and some of them has been in and out of jail. They are not my closest friends anymore, but I see them from time to time & give them respect. One thing I hate about them and don't respect is that they actually brag about how many times they've been to jail and also brag about how many facilities. They talk like it's a badge of honor. I say I wish they were in this guys prisons and maybe, just maybe once they went to prison the 1st time they would have never wanted to go back, nevertheless brag about their skits in prison.
I welcome your comments everyone.
And I'm not trying to take over this forum.

I've said it before, and I will say it again... I blame rap music...
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I've said it before, and I will say it again... I blame rap music...
You dumb dumb, I listen to rap music. You heard the word Black man and you associate prison with rap music. So what do white people go to prison for, country music? Get so depressed listening to country that he shoots his wife and molest his baby dtr? uugghhh, when will the Man learn. I'll tell you who I blame. I blame the individual for committing a crime and going to prison. Everyone has a sense of right and wrong. Kind of like you knowing that was a jacked up comment about rap music compared to what crimes the Man has commited over centuries. Let's just say I resented your comment earlier, but it's all good and I still love ya. Oh and by the way, I love my bike and I love my rap music, R&B, and Jazz. And I've noticed a number of R&B songs originate from country music and vice versa.
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