You all remember Sheriff Joe Arpaio of
who painted the jail cells pink
and made the inmates wear pink prison garb.
Oh, there's MUCH more to know about
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 dog s 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. Teresa and I 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 us $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 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.
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 (in Arizona ) who
created the 'Tent City Jail':
**He has jail meals down to 40 cents a serving and charges the inmates for
**He stopped smoking and porno magazines in the jails. **Took away their
**Cut off all but 'G' movies.
**He started chain gangs so the inmates could do free work on county and
**Then he started chain gangs for women so he wouldn't get sued for
**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
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.