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AnnCardiff Report 3 Jun 2008 10:48


These are some of the reasons why:

Sheriff Joe Arpaio created the 'tent city jail' to save Arizona from spending tens of millions of dollars on another expensive prison complex.

He has jail meals down to 20 cents a serving and charges the inmates for them.

He banned smoking and pornographic magazines in the jails, and took away their weightlifting equipment and cut off all but 'G' movies. He says:
'They're in jail to pay a debt to society not to build muscles so they can assault innocent people when they leave.'

He started chain gangs to use the inmates to do free work on county and city projects and save taxpayer's money.

He started chain gangs for women so he wouldn't get sued for discrimination.

He took away cable TV until he found out there was a federal court order that required cable TV for jails. So he hooked up the cable TV again but only allows the Disney channel and the weather channel.

When asked why the weather channel, he replied: 'So these morons will know how hot it's gonna be while they are working on my chain gangs.'
He cut off coffee because it has zero nutritional value and is therefore a waste of taxpayer money. When the inmates complained, he told them, 'This isn't the Ritz/Carlton. If you don't like it, don't come back.'
He also bought the Newt Gingrich lecture series on US history that he pipes into the jails. When asked by a reporter if he had any lecture series by a Democrat, he replied that a democratic lecture series that actually tells the truth for a change would be welcome and that it might even explain why 95% of the inmates were in his jails in the first place.

With temperatures being even hotter than usual in Phoenix (116 degrees just set a new record for June 2nd 2007), the Associated Press reported: About 2,000 inmates living in a barbed wiresurrounded tent encampment at the Maricopa County Jail have been given permission to strip down to their government-issued pink boxer shorts.

On the Wednesday, hundreds of men wearing pink boxer shorts were overheard chatting in the tents, where temperatures reached 128 degrees.
'This is hell. It feels like we live in a furnace,' said Ernesto Gonzales, an inmate for 2 years with 10 more to go. 'It's inhumane.'
Joe Arpaio, who makes his prisoners wear pink, and eat bologna sandwiches, is not one bit sympathetic. 'Criminals should be punished for their crimes - not live in luxury until it's time for parole, only to go out and commit more crimes so they can come back in to live on taxpayers money and enjoy things many taxpayers can't afford to have for themselves.'

The same day he told all the inmates who were complaining of the heat in the tents: 'It's between 120 to 130 degrees in Iraq and our soldiers are living in tents too, and they have to walk all day in the sun, wearing full battle gear and get shot at, and they have not committed any crimes, so shut your damned mouths!'

Way to go, Sheriff! If all prisons were like yours there would be a lot less crime and we would not be in the current position of running out of prison spaces..

Sheriff Joe was just re-elected as Sheriff in Maricopa County, Arizona

Devon Dweller

Devon Dweller Report 3 Jun 2008 10:59

Shame he's not over here lol


PinkDiana Report 3 Jun 2008 11:37

I love it.... a man that tells it as it is!!



Kathlyn Report 3 Jun 2008 11:49

Can the USA "Clone" him and let us all have a few hundred of them.

He would get my vote every time.


Sharron Report 3 Jun 2008 14:29

I did see a report on the television about this prison.It might be coincidence but I did notice that the prisoners were mostly the same colour.


pablo1513 Report 3 Jun 2008 14:57

I would vote for this man everytime, but he would never get in here because of any number of things which include:

Bleedin heart liberals who will tell us that we are abusing the criminals human rights (they have none when locked up)

I urge the government of this country to adopt this mans philosophy, it might not be very 'PC' but who cares criminals need punishment & not pandering to. Do they care that they have ruined the lives of thier victims ...........No they dont so why should we care about them. Lock them up in a big cage or suitable compuond and let them fend forthemselves.


☺Carol in Dulwich☺

☺Carol in Dulwich☺ Report 3 Jun 2008 16:26


AnnCardiff Report 3 Jun 2008 16:48

the latest news in the media that prison warders have "to be nice" to Ian Huntley makes me sick - they have to call him Ian and they listed the stuff he's got in his "cell" - better than what lots of us have in our homes


SilverLady Report 3 Jun 2008 17:15

Is this the same place that they sent some British men to last year.? They made it into a weekly TV programme.....some could not tolerate the conditions and asked to be sent home but some stayed and said that they had learnt from the experience. Can any one else remember seeing it on TV?


val1963 Report 3 Jun 2008 17:28

We could do with someone like him in this country.
He would get my vote every time.


val1963 Report 3 Jun 2008 17:31


I remember seeing something on TV about this prison last year but i cant remember if it was that TV programe, it was really intresting tho


maggiewinchester Report 3 Jun 2008 17:34

Sounds a lot more draconian than the prison ships we are no longer allowed to use - because they were deemed inhumane - yet our sailors lived on them for 2 year stretches and more!!
Bet the cells in this country are a damn sight less damp than some of the services houses too!!


JoyBoroAngel Report 3 Jun 2008 18:19

ian huntly is suffering good

lets hang him


AnnCardiff Report 3 Jun 2008 18:20

with you on that one Joy!!!


Dame Report 3 Jun 2008 18:30

I would also like to add Sherrif Joe houses abandoned animals in the air conditioned cells and has his inmates take care of then..He is my local Sherrif and who would want anyone else, crime has dropped and re-offenders..I often see the chain gangs cleaning the streets, he puts them to work, this also includes women prisoners..


Mauatthecoast Report 3 Jun 2008 18:50

Sounds like a very good deterrent!! Punishment not reward, hardened criminals don't deserve a soft life!!

☺Carol in Dulwich☺

☺Carol in Dulwich☺ Report 4 Jun 2008 10:45

bloody brilliant, you would think twice about commiting a crime in this county. see his website it names and shames deadbeat dad's ect.


AnnCardiff Report 4 Jun 2008 12:23

I'd be happy to contribute to a collection!!


SilverLady Report 4 Jun 2008 12:57

Put me down for a contribution to his (1 way please) air fare to the UK. Lets have some one with real ***** running this country. Lol

Love and Peace

Teresa L.A.

Teresa L.A. Report 4 Jun 2008 13:31

Here Here !!!