Verification of this is ongoing:
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 Countyshelter 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 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 (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 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.’
He bought Newt Gingrich’s lecture series on videotape that he pipes into the jails. When asked by a reporter if he had any lecture series by a Democrat, he replied that a democratic lecture series might explain why a lot of the inmates were in his jails in the first place.
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.
Sheriff Joe was just reelected Sheriff in Maricopa County, Arizona.
Received via email, from a trusted friend. I just want to make sure all of it, it is in fact true.
May 13, 2008, 9:11 pm at 9:11 pm
But they’re not criminals! They’re the product of their environment!
April 4, 2014, 2:42 am at 2:42 am
If you are arrested its not suppose to be a vacation! You are in hard core adult TIME OUT! Its not intended to be a comfortable place you retreat to “Just get away”! Hell NO! I hope he makes their lives a living hell so they ( the criminals who reside there) get their shit together and become a decent, law abiding, citizens.. Because “THEY” understand that the actions in the past have UNCOMFORTABLE CONSEQUENCES! if for no other reason they set their lives on a decent path so they NEVER GO BACK! You people who don’t understand I can only imagine have the reasoning of simpleton: If your dog pees on the carpet you give him a cookie? OK? Not really!
May 13, 2008, 9:30 pm at 9:30 pm
I have heard of him before. He appears to be pretty straight up, there have been a few cases brought against him but not much that has stuck. The ACLU (I think) have had a couple of shots at him for corruption but nothing stood up in court, so its probably safe to say they were smear attempts.
Reminds me of the complaints about Woomera detention centre, it was squealled about by the usual suspects that it was inhumane and the quaters were substandard. Then it was pointed out they were the same ones used by soldiers for decades….
March 4, 2013, 4:50 am at 4:50 am
You’ve heard of him, so you clearly know what you’e talking about…. While he’s done plenty of good….. he has turned into a corrupt, power hungry man who thinks he’s above the law. Until someone holds him accountable for his actions under the table & behind the scenes he will get away w/whatever the hell he wants. It’s pathetic really.
May 13, 2008, 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm
Hey, if it ain’t true, it OUGHT to be. I think most, if not all, of that stuff is factual. I like his style.
May 14, 2008, 11:58 am at 11:58 am
won’t make a man feel…
less a man wearing pink ;P
i love pink and florals.
can’t wait for my curtains.
May 14, 2008, 7:02 pm at 7:02 pm
When will the ACLU start fighting for the rights of the victims of these criminals?
At the end of day on public officials are supposed to carry out the will of the people. When the public gets tired of aggressively hauling immigrants then they won’t vote for him anymore and then all the liberals will have to go whine about something else.
One point that came up in discussion today is that we would like to see some factual statistics on repeat offenders. We are curious if tough living conditions made the offenders think twice about commiting another crime in his jurisdiction and how it would stack up against other jails and districts in the area.
One of the previous people who posted mentioned that the prisoners are products of their environment. I don’t disagree and the long term solution is education, stronger parenting, opportunity to work and provide ect. It would be really great if we could fix all these things at the source and people would never have anybody break the laws but society will always have this element who are products of their environment. We have to set boundaries and give consequences. I know people who have gone to jail and when they got out they not only didn’t think it was a big deal, they had some fun stories to tell their buddies. They may be products of their environment but we have to have real consequences and I applaud this crazy guy for having the guts to create a new “environment” that will cause them not to want to come back.
May 14, 2008, 7:14 pm at 7:14 pm
Mr. Outside the Box
If this is your first comment, welcome. (I’ve been MIA lately)
Answer to your question, NEVER!
May 14, 2008, 7:44 pm at 7:44 pm
Mr OTB – You possibly overlooked the sarcasm quotient in my original comment but have arrived at the sensible conclusion nevertheless.
May 15, 2008, 4:01 pm at 4:01 pm
way to go sheriff!!! They are in there as punishment for crimes committed. Don’t do the crime, you won’t have to do the time. I esp. liked his comment on the heat!! If these thugs want to play with guns so much, they should go fight the war. Bring back the draft and get them off the streets before they commit these crimes.They were learn what they are not learning at home….respect for other human beings, manners and direction and discipline. I’d vote for him.
October 12, 2013, 2:11 am at 2:11 am
Respect for other human beings? Lol. Except that, prisoners aren’t human beings to you, right?
Now, why do they have to be thugs? Just because they got arrested for something? It could have been any number of things that have absolutely nothing to to with guns or gangs. What about drugs? Most people in jail are there for drug-related crimes and didn’t lay a finger on anyone. People in the land of the free aren’t allowed control over their own bodies? And just because somebody used drugs what, they deserve to be punished? Or is it just immigrants who use drugs? Oh now EVERYONE is a criminal, every young man at least? People are so freaking deluded.
Innocent until proven guilty is just a phrase people in criminal justice like to use, why, because it is catchy?
May 20, 2008, 7:41 pm at 7:41 pm
If you support Sheriff Joe Arpaio and want to help him continue fighting againist crime, consider donating on his Re-election web site http://www.sheriffjoe.org.
May 30, 2008, 2:40 am at 2:40 am
The hell with re-election. Get rid of this jackass. You guys talk as if ALL the “criminals” in his facilities are fully deserving of the punishment he provides. This is not the case however. I was arrested and sat in Lower buckeye jail for a crime I didnt commit for more than a month.
After your arrested, you get dragged through a process which is intrinsically torturous. You are forced to sit in over crowded cells for well over 24 hours with nothing but a cement bench and a toilet. If your real lucky they will “lose” your papers and you can sit for upwards of 4 days in there with no cot or blanket. Staff infection runs rampant in there. God forbid you get arrested barefoot. After this process if you are sent to housing there is a 10 day minimum stay before your first court appearance. Some of the time, your 1st appearance will have been canceled or you don’t have a proper defense, and you get to sit another 10 days. This is the rinse and repeat method that kept me in jail for a month, only to prove to them that I was in fact not guilty. I was released. I spent 33 days in jail having not committed the crime and yet endured every wondrous hardship that comes with a stay at sheriff joe’s jail system. It is a hugely flawed system and the only people that would ever know this are the people that of course stay in the jail as an inmate and in most cases walk away with a conviction that prevents them from voting…That is, voting sheriff joe out of office. You supporters are lunatics.
“In a 1998 Arpaio commissioned study, Arizona State University Criminal Justice professor Marie L. Griffin found that Arpaio’s policies did nothing to reduce recidivism in the Maricopa County facilities compared to his predecessor: “there was no significant difference in recidivism observed between those offenders released in 1989-1990 and those released in 1994-1995.” Simply put, his methods make no difference on repeat offenders. They still keep going back regardless of his harsh treatment.
July 19, 2012, 12:58 am at 12:58 am
Hey Josh! The point you missed dude is the cost to the taxpayers. They may be repeat offenders regardless of his harsh treatment, but it will not hit the taxpayers harder for the dummies to do it again and again.
March 21, 2013, 5:19 am at 5:19 am
Get over yourself.
May 30, 2008, 2:55 am at 2:55 am
It’s a jail, Josh, not a country club. Get over it.
October 12, 2013, 2:14 am at 2:14 am
People who get arrested are innocent until proven guilty. You get over it.
May 30, 2008, 4:45 am at 4:45 am
Civil rights here states that after the first 24 hours of incarceration you are to be provided a place to sleep – not a concrete floor with urine, blood and saliva on it. Upon review of my previous statement, I did not see anywhere where I implied that it was in any way supposed to be like or even remotely close to a country club. Which brings me to a secondary question, “What kind of country clubs are you used to bingbing? Apparently you go to the one that gives out cots and blankets to rooms full of drunks and violators,”
It also appears that you just blew through what I had to say because I was arguing that albeit a jail, the facilities and the treatment in maricopa county’s jail system are leaning more towards a concentration camp/prison than a jail(detention center). You have to remember, there are prisons(Corrections facility) for the people convicted of serious crimes. Oddly enough, most of the people on their way to Prison are almost beside themselves when they GET to LEAVE one of joe’s jails and move on to a Federal Pen.
My first argument was that not everyone in the jails are fully deserving of that type of punishment. For example, Myself. So please get off your pedestal bingbing. There is no good reason for people put in my position to have to sit in a jail for that amount of time, let alone one of Joe’s facilities – they are cruel and inhumane.
February 19, 2011, 9:48 am at 9:48 am
Josh and those who are influenced by his comments, the way Sheriff Joe is approaching the problem is the most sensible solution I have heard of so far. There are problems with the legal system not necessarily his approach on incarceration. I agree that non-violent drug users do not belong in prison. Also, there is something missing to Josh’s story about being innocent and spending a month in jail before being procesed. We as American citizens are all constitutionally guaranteed expedient trial and processing and cannot be held without cause. If you are persuaded by Josh’s story, do your own due diligence about what Joe is doing. Go Joe!
February 19, 2011, 7:55 pm at 7:55 pm
BoutIt, i think the main reason is that Josh is a whiney bitch.
June 27, 2015, 4:14 pm at 4:14 pm
Josh, jail is prison.
July 25, 2008, 5:56 pm at 5:56 pm
I had thought Joe was doing a good thing, but I have to admit Josh makes some excellent points.
July 15, 2010, 10:31 am at 10:31 am
We could use this guy in Detroit. He’s on to something. Accountability. As Josh states some of guys exit jails and think jail is no big deal and it has no effect at all as a deterrent. I tend to think some of that is false bravado and they are not looking forward to returning to jail in Maricopa County. These guys are criminals and they had a choice. This guy who is tough on the law breakers is not damaging people, he’s trying to motivate criminals to follow the law and avoid the same lack of self control that got them there. It it’s uncomfortable so what. That’s their choice to break the law. No one made them do it. If the don’t mind being a law breaker then they should not expect anything less than some punishment that is actually punishment. It’s classic behavior modification strategy – negative stimulus to extinguish negative behavior.
February 19, 2011, 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm
Joe did have a good thing.
July 25, 2008, 8:58 pm at 8:58 pm
I refrained from commenting on this thread when it was posted, but I have to admit that the small-l libertarian in me has some serious issues with the US prison system in general, and Arpaio’s approach in particular.
One question I have is this: How is it not cruel and unusual punishment to imprison a non-violent drug offender in a system in which he will probably be gang raped, and could very well end up infected with the HIV virus? HIV infection rates in US prisons are almost unbelievably high, and almost nothing is done to prison rapists beyond making them wear pink in a few isolated cases.
I have no problem at all with throwing the book, boat, and anchor at violent felons, but putting junkies in with them is a reprehensible practice that only enables their sociopathic behavior.
I could go on, but just read Josh’s comment instead.
December 17, 2008, 2:56 am at 2:56 am
Way to go Joe, We need more of you in this country. Time we take back our country now that these thugs and government have all but ruined it. Joe should take the steps to which will lead him to the white house. He would be a great president… He would shape this country up… Thumbs up to Joe. Go get em Joe and you fight the ACLU as they are not really for me or You…. You are the best….
January 2, 2009, 1:10 pm at 1:10 pm
THIS GUY OUGHT TO RUN FOR PRESIDENT AND STRAIGHTEN OUT THE HOUSE AND SENATE. YOU’RE DOING A GREAT JOB SHERIFF.
January 7, 2009, 3:52 am at 3:52 am
I am totally in agreement with Sheriff Joe! Prison is for the bad guys…now agreed, some are not bad but there by mistake,for them I feel sorry. However, saying they are not bad, just product of their enviroment…….COME ON, there are vast amounts of people who have had bad enviroments to grow in……..with things happening to them beyond belief………however, once you are an adult……you are free to make your own choices. You can say, “I was treated like this, so I will treat others like this”………OR……you can say…”I was treated like this, and I will NEVER treat another living soul like this”. There are many who have decided to go for the last one and have gone on to become wonderful productive citizens…..some have become GREAT. YOU are in control of your choices. If you decide to do wrong, then, you need to be prepared to pay the price. AND, prison is for wrong doers……….NOT a vacation resort. I SAY……….JOE IS DOING HIS JOB!!!!
January 28, 2009, 3:23 am at 3:23 am
I HAVE MIXED FEELINGS ABOUT ALL OF IT, TO BE HONEST. I DONT SEE WHY ANY INNOCENT PERSON SHOULD BE PUT THROUGH SOMETHING LIKE THAT….YET I TOTALLY BELIEVE IN THE VIOLENT GUILTY PERSONS BEING EQUALLY TREATED TOWARD THEIR CRIME. WHETHER THEY GET THROUGH THE TIME, I WOULDNT WANT THEM TO EVEN THINK ABOUT DOING IT AGAIN….AND SOME OF THEM SHOULD NOT BE ABLE TO GET OUT AT ALL, THEY ARE SO CORRUPTED, THEY WOULD DO IT ALL OVER AGAIN AND ENJOY IT. (ITS LIKE A GAME TO THOSE BRAINLESS FOOLS)
February 11, 2009, 2:19 am at 2:19 am
If Sheriff Joe’s policies were adopted for every prison in America, I’m fairly confident that we would not need to ever build another prison in this country again. The reason we continue to need more prisons is because most inmates have a better life inside than out. 3 meals a day, showers, a bunk, A/C and heat, workout facilities, books, cable TV. Hell, it beats trying to work your AZZ off and have the gov’t taking their huge chunk out of you. But, if it’s not a pleasant environment and you have to work and sweat and watch “G” rated movies, you may be incentivised to go straight when you get out.
October 12, 2013, 12:56 am at 12:56 am
You’re an idiot. It almost doesn’t even matter WHAT kind of prison it is, or how “harsh” it is. You don’t know what recidivism even IS. Some people end up INSTITUTIONALIZED for their whole lives because they barely know ANYTHING else: the outside world is a major challenge for them. Getting a real job, going shopping, deciding what to eat, what clothes to wear; simple little things like that you take for granted scare the SHIT out of a person who has been institutionalized their whole life… all of those decisions were made for them on the inside, they don’t have to get a real job, work with ‘normal’ people, etc.
Their senses are deprived in prison or jail, then they get out and it is like sensory overload for them: all the sights, the colors, the sounds and smells of the outside world they haven’t been familiar with for so long can really freak them out and they truly don’t know how to behave. It is easier for them to be institutionalized so they don’t have to deal with any of it. It doesn’t even have to be prison or jail, it could be drug rehabs and detox facilities, mental or other hospitals. Maybe they started out a ward of the state, in a foster care type situation, orphans often end up in and out of juvenile detention centers (sometimes just because there isn’t anywhere else to put them)… and these children grow up.
People here really don’t seem to get it, or that in this country we’re SUPPOSED to be innocent until proven guilty. Also, the great majority of inmates ARE non-violent offenders, arrested for petty drug crimes. Now, guess which nation has the highest prison population per capita of any in the world? The great US of A.
Many states don’t allow convicted felons to vote either, including AZ. This seems highly questionable to me, in the “land of the free”.
February 12, 2009, 7:26 am at 7:26 am
Josh wrote:”My first argument was that not everyone in the jails are fully deserving of that type of punishment. For example, Myself. So please get off your pedestal bingbing. There is no good reason for people put in my position to have to sit in a jail for that amount of time, let alone one of Joe’s facilities – they are cruel and inhumane.”
Well Josh. Consider yourself lucky that they found that out! Look at some of the people they have found over these years that were found innocent of a crime ,but ONLY after spending upwards to 20 years in a prison. It does happen.
Evidentally Joe must be doing well to get groups yelling discrimination (especially the ACLU) and any other word they may find.
It is a prison and too many times we see these prisoners get well treated and if they don’t they want to riot. Which just recently happened in Texas. Let us think of the crimes against the citizens and what many of them had to endure.
GO JOE! And get rid of the ILLEGALS as well…………..
October 12, 2013, 1:03 am at 1:03 am
Gotta love a bigot like you. “Get rid of them illegals! Them God dang immigrants!” And we know who you’re talking about… them Mexicans, all those “darkie type” immigrants. Light skinned European immigrants, their cool.
It’s funny because morons who vote for Joe don’t even realize… He only went off on the immigrants because he knew it would help win him votes, just like that other guy. And you fell for it ya racist bastard!
March 3, 2009, 7:52 am at 7:52 am
But what if the inmates LIKE wearing pink? Just joking. GO JOE!!!!!
March 3, 2009, 8:59 am at 8:59 am
Speaking of “wearing pink,” I see that you have a PINK avatar there, Shebo. Wassup, Sheriff Joe get ahold of you? 😉
On a more serious note though I suggest that some of you “GO JOE!” supporters read Josh’s comments above – he makes some points worth thinking about.
January 10, 2012, 3:50 am at 3:50 am
No he doesnt. Thats the problem with our country these days is we are a bunch of pussies and are worried about violating civil rights. Dont get arrested- bottom line. And if u do get arrested just deal with it for 10 days and stop being a whiney lil bitch, seriously.
March 25, 2009, 3:59 am at 3:59 am
I also have mixed feelings about this. I do believe that Joe is doing a good job in enforcing the “you broke the law, so you have to endure the conquences” thing, however, like Josh brought up, not everyone who is arrested commited any crimes, and for them I do feel extrememly sorry. It is true though, about the fact that people geneally do not learn their lesson while spending time in jail. My father was arrested several times when I was little on drinking and driving and related charges, and every time he came home he would laugh and joke about his ordeal. I say this not for pitty, but to prove a point. In general, I believe that the jails do need to be more harsh on the inmates, however, the health and sanitation of these people and the facility does need to be maintained. If the horror that Josh described about the jail is true, then something needs to be done about it. I believe that their is a fine line between “punishment” and “inhumaine treatment”, and because that line will never be agreed upon, there will always be someone who is unhappy. I just hope that someday we will be able to come as close to that line as possible.
March 25, 2009, 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm
Joe should probably set up a separate system for those who haven’t been convicted, one that reflects the innocent until proven guilty mantra.
January 10, 2012, 3:52 am at 3:52 am
Just because they were not convicted does not make them innocent. You clearly have no clue how the system works.
May 22, 2009, 5:32 pm at 5:32 pm
This is for all you writers with the mixed feelings. The ones persuaded by Josh’s appeal to pity for himself and the innocent. He used his VERY unfortunate situation as grounds for Joe’s system for being flawed and inadequate and also deserving of Joe being removed from office. I say he entirely missed the point of Joe’s mission. He is doing a great work, saving MILLIONS and MILLIONS of dollars from being wasted and encouraging inmates not to repeat crime through unpleasant and non-leisurely living conditions. More than any of us could do. Josh’s experience was unfortunate, but we can’t dismantle the good in Joe’s work because of a small margin or error. NO system is perfect!!! Not Joe’s, and definitely not any other jail system, and it is WRONG to judge a whole because of mishap like Josh’s. And really if you think that Joe’s jail is bad because innocent people might get thrown in Joe’s less than inviting prison conditions your pretty stupid. cancel that, VERY stupid. WHY have ANY jail at ALL!!!!! Someone might be innocent!!!!!! Of course there will be innocent people who have been falsely accused in Joe’s jail or any jail system but that is hardly a good reason for shutting jails out. My heart goes out to those people who are innocent and I pray they get out and I would personally support their release if I could but that is all I can do. Life is imperfect and often unfair don’t blame the one man who is doing real good in our prison systems for that painful fact of life. you’d really just be doing yourself more harm than good by blaming Joe in more ways than one.
October 12, 2013, 2:52 am at 2:52 am
It isn’t about “shutting jails out” you moron. It is about treating people like PEOPLE instead of dehumanizing them and making them out to be any less than, which is exactly what that satanist Joe and his system does.
People like you and Joe probably think you’re better than the inmates; Joe certainly does. Now, maybe you are. Just maybe you are “better” than SOME of them- but definitely not all of them. Fact of the matter is we’re all human and we should all be treated humanely. You can’t loose sight of that just because you’re saving some money (maybe). If it’s all about the bottom line why not just kill them all on the spot? Why not? Because that would prove you’re just as bad as them, if not worse. Show us who the real monsters are.
Stop and think about yourself on the other side, why don’t you? Unless you’re a perfect angel or flat out nobody, you’re just about one or two mistakes away from being on the inside yourself. Or maybe you didn’t really make any legal mistakes at all, maybe you just got on someones bad side. Well, that’s just life now tough it up right? Yeah okay. It’s different when it is you personally, although you can pretend it’s not all you want.
I guess that’s just how extremists like you think, though. If you can’t have your extreme torturous prison we shouldn’t have any prisons at all. Huh?
June 18, 2009, 4:05 pm at 4:05 pm
First of all, this post is NOT entirely factual (such as the ALL animal shelters being run by inmates). Secondly, it skips about two dozen thug-like methods Sheriff Joe has attempted to use to quash his opponents.
Because of the economy, the Maricopa County (his boss) supervisors froze his funding which he then claimed was retaliation for some perceived wrone. He requested under the freedom of info act all email records from the board of supervisor members for a period of 10 years. To collect these records, it was estimated it would cost the county 1.5 million dollars.
He has filed dozens of these type of requests against opponents and when his own records are requested, such as emails from a small time period, he claims harrassment and refuses to comply. He has lost literally dozens of lawsuits he has brought against others and is a shame to our fine state. See the following for the abhorrent conditions of the jail system under Sheriff Joe.
And here’s the kicker, he is using county money to perform federal work, namely “securing the border”, even though our county doesn’t have a border with Mexico. So instead he stops traffic coming from California to check for illegal drugs entering AZ. It’s been quite successful uncovering small time U.S. citizens smoking weed from California but sadly has failed to make any impact on serious drugs from Mexico. And us county taxpayers get to fill the bill of this Sheriff policing the interstate from California to AZ in the name of “border security”
This guy is one P.R. stunt after another; just last week he was all over the T.V. new stations saying “It’s my birthday so I am giving the inmates a treat; my favorite meal, liver and onions.” It’s just plain mean spirited and has nothing to do with helping inmates turn their lives around. This is the “CORRECTIONAL SYSTEM” not the punishment system.
July 3, 2009, 10:28 am at 10:28 am
Grow up and realize that he is saving the county tons of money in the long run. Prisoners should have no rights they gave them up when they commited crimes. They apparently didn’t think of others rights when they clearly violated them. Joe is doing a great job and my only regret is that there aren’t more prisons like this around the US. In reference to Josh, its amazing how how educated people think they are when they think they are being done wrong, but am sure you didn’t do something simple like Jaywalk to get put in jail for a while. People love him because he makes them feel safe by doing his job effectively. If you think its unfair move to another county where babies like you can commit crimes and live in “prison country clubs”. Where do you think you will get raped more in a country club prison where everybody is coddled or in a prison where prisoners are worked hard everyday and its hot as hell, and damn betcha there will be punishment if caught.
Grow up, put the big boy pants on!! Try going to prison most other countries in the world and see how much they hold your hand.
August 9, 2009, 10:11 am at 10:11 am
This is to “Grow up and other sheriff supporters”First of all I believe in a safe community and certain criminals should be punished.I also believe in deporting Illegal aliens.But as far as the jails and a lot of the sheriffs policys are concerned they are wrong.First of all a lot of people on here want tough punishments for criminals who hurt society but how many people have acualy been personally hurt or injured compared to how many people are put in that jail.Secondly I believe our entire way of handling most criminals is wrong,incarceration only serves one objective as a deterent from crime and its proven that doesnt work,so instead of acually reforming these criminals and helping them be a contributing part of the society we as a country only incarcerate them which in turn does the opposite of reforming and making them better,but instead leaves them with only one option,resentment of this establishment of government for substandard conditions,and also negativly effects them in employment and other oppurtunities they should have after reforming.All nations are judged by the treatment of their lowest classes and people,a chain is only as strong as its weakest link.Also I would agree that there are a select few violent offenders that deserve certain degrees of punishment the only problem is in the way our court system decides who is guilty of the crime and who is not,which in my opinion is not accurate enough to prove by joshes example above that in most cases the person is really guilty.So by giving up prisoners rights your really only giving up your own because if average law abiding citizens can be charged guilty of a crime they didnt commit (no other way to prove otherwise)SO can you and I gurantee that if any of you sheriff supporters were wrongly put in that situation which is easily possible your only defense would be the rights given to you by the constitioun the same rights the sheriff is trying to take away.
October 12, 2013, 4:33 am at 4:33 am
Actually he is costing you poor SOB’s millions in legal fees, settlements, etc. due to his policies and behavior.
June 8, 2010, 4:24 am at 4:24 am
As I see it, Sheriff Joe is the only one doing anything in Arizona, in order to keep safe the whiners and protestors, along with the rest of us. Good job, Joe. Arizona greatly benefits from his logical tactics and capable expertise, for example – people being able to write biased comments here and on any other electronic gab fest page available. I support Joe and do not support amnesty, dream acts, or anyone who is in this country illegally, and you know who you are. Reading here and not getting busy with the process of becoming legal. Yes, you. I see you trying to hide behind the kindness and generosity of legal Americans. Come out, come out, where ever you are and get legal then stay and pay, pay, pay like the rest of us. Legal is the way – let’s chant – legal is the way to stay and pay….. lol
August 3, 2010, 11:25 am at 11:25 am
[…] 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. (Read more.) […]
May 10, 2012, 9:54 am at 9:54 am
Great job Sheriff Joe,If we had more guys like you in the world it would be in better shape.Also,maybe our sons and daughters who took the wrong turn in life would learn hard lessons the first time around . Your saving the lives of many, surely they won’t want to go back.
October 12, 2013, 1:08 am at 1:08 am
Yeah, right. If we had more “guys” like him… we’d be in Nazi Germany, actually.
October 12, 2013, 3:28 am at 3:28 am
The stupidity of this nation never ceases to amaze me. To people who think that with “more guys like Joe Stalin” our world would be “a better place”, you’re deluded, go back to your fascist state. He isn’t saving ANYBODIES lives with his policies and surely is only putting lives at risk; both inside the jail with the spoiled food and infectious diseases, and outside the jail where the prisoners are released to exact their revenge on society.
Prisons like these drive people INTO gangs. New inmates make new partners in crime, learn new criminal methods and how to be better criminals. They don’t necessarily learn that crime is wrong or that they shouldn’t commit any crimes: instead they learn how to be criminals without becoming convicts.
November 5, 2013, 8:12 am at 8:12 am
Geez you’re only 5 years too late for this thread meathead.