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Sheriff Joe is at it again! May 20, 2008

Posted by Mongo in Uncategorized.
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The following information was forwarded to me by a friend, and I do remember seeing him on “60 Minutes” back a while ago. For the record I think this guy is spot-on with his assessment of criminals and the handling of his prison system. I’ve never understood how violent, hardened criminals should be allowed the same “rights” as the rest of the law-abiding citizens who are not in prison. Well, Sheriff Joe has a system that’s legal, extremely tough on his inmates, and it seems to work well both as a deterrent and an education in basic human values. Other systems should learn from this example…

You all may remember Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Arizona , who painted the jail cells pink and made the inmates wear pink prison garb. Well………SHERIFF JOE IS AT IT AGAIN!

Maricopa County was spending approx. $18 million dollars a year on stray animals, like cats and dogs. Sheriff Joe offered to take the department over, and the County Supervisors said okay. The animal shelters are now all staffed and operated by prisoners. They feed and care for the strays. Every animal in his care is taken out and walked twice daily. He now has prisoners who are experts in animal nutrition and behavior. They give great classes for anyone who’d like to adopt an animal. He has literally taken stray dogs off the street, given them to the care of prisoners, and had them place in dog shows.

The best part? His budget for the entire department is now under $3 million. We [the writer of this article] adopted a Weimaraner from a Maricopa County shelter two years ago. He was neutered, and current on all shots, in great health, and even had a microchip inserted the day we got him. Cost them $78.

The prisoners get the benefit of about $0.28 an hour for working, but most would work for free, just to be out of their cells for the day. Most of his budget is for utilities, building maintenance, etc. He pays the prisoners out of the fees collected for adopted animals.

I have long wondered when the rest of the country would take a look at the way he runs the jail system, and copy some of his ideas. He has a huge farm, donated to the county years ago, where inmates can work, and they grow most of their own fresh vegetables and food, doing all the work and harvesting by hand.

He has a pretty good sized hog farm, which provides meat, and fertilizer. It fertilizes the Christmas tree nursery, where prisoners work, and you can buy a living Christmas tree for $6 – $8 for the Holidays, and plant it later. We have six trees in our yard from the Prison.

Yup, he was reelected last year with 83% of the vote.

Now he’s in trouble with the ACLU again. He painted all his buses and vehicles with a mural that has a special hotline phone number painted on it, where you can call and report suspected illegal aliens. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement wasn’t doing enough in his eyes, so he had 40 deputies trained specifically for enforcing immigration laws, started up his hotline, and bought 4 new buses just for hauling folks back to the border. He’s kind of a ‘Git-R Dun’ kind of Sheriff.

To those of you not familiar with Joe Arpaio, he is the Maricopa Arizona County Sheriff and he keeps getting elected over and over. This is one of the reasons why: Sheriff Joe Arpaio created the ‘ Tent City Jail’. Some of the things he’s done with the jail are the following:

  • He has jail meals down to 40 cents a serving and charges the inmates for them.
  • He stopped smoking and access to obscene magazines in the jails.
  • Took away their weights.
  • Cut off all but ‘G’ movies.
  • He started chain gangs so the inmates could do free work on county and city projects.
  • Then 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 only let in the Disney Channel and the Weather Channel. When asked why the Weather Channel, he replied, “So they will know how hot it’s gonna be while they are working on my chain gangs.”
  • He cut off coffee since it has zero nutritional value. When the inmates complained, he told them, ‘This isn’t the Ritz Carlton…..If you don’t like it, don’t come back.’

More On The Arizona Sheriff:
With temperatures being even hotter than usual in phoenix (116 degrees just set a new record), the Associated Press reports: About 2,000 inmates living in a barbed-wire-surrounded tent encampment at the Maricopa County Jail have been given permission to strip down to their government-issued pink boxer shorts. On Wednesday, hundreds of men wearing boxers were either curled up on their bunk beds or chatted in the tents, which reached 138 degrees inside the week before. Many were also swathed in wet, pink towels as sweat collected on their chests and dripped down to their pink socks. ‘It feels like we are in a furnace,’ said James Zanzot, an inmate who has lived in the tents for one year. ‘It’s inhumane.’ Joe Arpaio, the tough-guy sheriff who created the tent city and long ago started making his prisoners wear pink, and eat bologna sandwiches, is not one bit sympathetic. He said Wednesday that he told all of the inmates: ‘It’s 120 degrees in Iraq and our soldiers are living in tents too, and they have to wear full battle gear, but they didn’t commit any crimes, so shut your mouths!’

WAY TO GO, SHERIFF! Maybe if all prisons were like this one there would be a lot less crime and/or repeat offenders. Criminals should be punished for their crimes – not live in luxury until it’s time for their parole, only to go out and commit another crime so they can get back in to live on taxpayers money and enjoy things taxpayers can’t afford to have for themselves.


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6. mobiusinformer - June 22, 2008

Arizona has truly lost it’s mind – I’m quite sure Joe’s also not qualified to be dog-catcher. The moron already thinks he’s taking care of animals.

7. J R - July 21, 2008

Mr.Arpaio is just an elected Nazi.He needs to quit trying to be the lime light all the time.That badge does not make him God he just thinks so.

8. jenna - January 17, 2009

I truly think that Sheriff Joe is doing a great Job. Jail is not a recreational facility. The prisioners are in there for breaking the law, and isn’t that what its all About?? All you bleeding heart’s out there what would you like us to do make it easy for these inmates and have them coddled. Wake up and wish our other prison’s took a few lesson’s from this Sheriff.

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