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Another email I received today. No, Octave, I haven't fact checked it.


You may remember Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Arizona , who painted the jail cells pink and made the inmates wear pink prison garb.





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 behaviour. 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.   


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. 


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 Chris tmas tree nursery, where prisoners work, and you can buy a living Chris tmas tree for $6 - $8 for the holidays and plant it later. 


Yup, he was re-elected 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. 






Sheriff Joe Arpaio (in Arizona ) who created the 'TentCity Jail': 
** He has jail meals down to 40 cents a serving and charges the inmates for them.   

** He stopped smoking and porno magazines in the jail. 

** 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.....BUT  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 1 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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29 minutes ago, spacesailor said:

An awful lot of pensioners are jealous of the 

Luxouriouse jails in Australia .

Three meals a day, cable TV, clean beding, free medical,  optical. .


An armed bodyguard.  To keep them safe .

Just look at the ' city homeless ' .



Sounds good until cellmate Bubba wants to get cosy.

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I think you should fact check it Peter. I remember hearing about him, the reason he got meals down so cheap is by giving prisoners food with very low nutritional value,  like a piece of high salt bologna between 2 slices of dry old white bread. 

He may be popular with the redneck dog-whistled law'n'order crowd, but he's not a nice human at all.

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Unfortunately, Sheriff Joe Arpaio isn't the saint he's made out to be in Peters article. In fact, he's an extreme Right Wing Republican, and a mate and a clone of Trump.

He would be in jail himself if Trump hadn't pardoned him - as Trump has done with all his crooked Republican mates. Arpaio is in fact, a nasty piece of work.

A former Military Policeman, and a divisive figure with an intense hatred of Hispanics, the article above is around 20 years old, and is a classic piece of Right Wing propaganda, with an underlying agenda against Hispanics in particular.

Ol' Joe is no shining angel with all the right ideas about jail and inmates, he's actually a mean-spirited bastard who operates with an emphasis on helping Republican buddies, and no-one else. He and Trump make an excellent pair.



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Haven't read it all.. but prob not inconsistent with the wikipedia article OT linked: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/apr/08/joe-arpaio-sheriff-arizona-donald-trump


TBH, if the doggie shelter story was true, except for the slave labour, sounds like a positive step in the right direction. Somehow, that article seems to have been written with rose coloured specs, so when I tget time, I will do a bit more diogging.


Like every other right wing nut job pollie - appeal to the base fears of people - stir up the hatred, and capitalise on it.. Rednecks in Arizona. would lap it up.


FWIW, some of things that are claimed in the Prison are, IMHO, not necessarily bad. As always in life it is striking the balance.


Interestingly, from teh article:

The same piece called a federal judge’s guilty verdict against Arpaio “a dose of hard-won justice for a too-flamboyant sheriff who showed little respect for the constitution as he made national news as an immigration hardliner – and let real crimes go uninvestigated.”


Hmm.. a little derelict in his duties?


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