Thursday, May 12, 2011

Sheriff Joe Offends Again

Sheriff Joe poses holding the pink underwear he forced 700 male convicts to wear while parading from their old jail to their new one. Photo courtesy: reason

If you are thrown in the slammer by Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio; and, you are female, be prepared for some rough treatment. The Arizona lawman is known for giving inmates a hard time; and, his latest punishment is making the female convicts pedal stationary bicycles equipped with generators to create the electricity they need to watch TV.

An hour of pedalling equals one hour of television viewing. Arpaio is also the guy who made 700 male convicts parade from their old jail to their new one wearing pink underwear and sandals while chained together with pink handcuffs.

"I'm not a social worker. I'm here to punish," he says.

Sheriff Joe is also the sheriff who brought in his "tent city". Tent city is located in a yard next to a more permanent structure containing toilets, showers, and an area for meals. It has become notable particularly because of Phoenix's extreme temperatures.

On July 2, 2011, when the temperature in Phoenix hit 118°F (48°C), Arpaio measured the temperature inside Tent City at 145°F (63°C). Some inmates complained that fans near their beds were not working, and that their shoes were melting from the heat. During the summer of 2003, when outside temperatures exceeded 110°F (43°C), Arpaio said to complaining inmates, "It's 120 degrees in Iraq and the soldiers are living in tents, have to wear full body armor, and they didn't commit any crimes, so shut your mouths." Unlike the Korean War surplus tents used in Tent City, tents housing U.S. Army Soldiers in Iraq are air conditioned.

Do you have an opinion on Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his methods?

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