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Sheriff Joe..
« on: July 11, 2011, 07:26:37 AM »
You all remember Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Arizona , who painted the jail cells pink     and made the inmates wear pink prison garb. Well.........
Oh, there's MUCH more to know about Sheriff Joe!
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. 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.
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     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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Re: Sheriff Joe..
« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2011, 07:52:00 AM »
I'm all for  it!!  That's the way it should be. 

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Re: Sheriff Joe..
« Reply #2 on: July 11, 2011, 09:21:40 PM »
I would bet that the percentage of prisoners leaving his prison and not getting back into the penal system is the best in the Country. I think it's great that the inmates work with animals. A guy tending to puppies and kittens is probably less inclined to want to stick someone with a shivv for looking at him the wrong way. His inmates learn some work ethic,(lots of inmates from the streets have probably never had a real job.)

The guy was cheered years ago by the public because they thought he was "punishing" inmates. Lots of these guys would probably say it was the best thing that happened to them. All prisons should have some sort of payback to the community. Any facility that houses 100's or even a couple thousand men should be able to make or produce something worthwhile to society. The possibilities are almost limitless; furniture making,farming,greenhouses,lumbermill, etc,etc,etc.It also makes the transition from the gutter to jail to tax paying citizen more possible,rather than gutter,jail,gutter,jail.
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Re: Sheriff Joe..
« Reply #3 on: July 11, 2011, 09:30:13 PM »
Sort of reminds me of my dad.... :o
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Re: Sheriff Joe..
« Reply #4 on: July 11, 2011, 09:43:41 PM »
I think its great.  Using the manpower for those type of jobs is great!  It shouldnt be the Ritz.  :)  The pet care may actually have some great rehabilitative benefits as well.  I like this guy.  LOL


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Re: Sheriff Joe..
« Reply #5 on: July 11, 2011, 10:12:26 PM »
Sheriff Joe is ****ing awesome.  ;D

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