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Toughest Sheriff Appeals To Webcast From Jail

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Maricopa County, Arizona, Sheriff Joe Arpaio, called by some as “the toughest sheriff in America,” is appealing a circuit court ruling that webcasting inmates being booked was too humiliating.

In an effort to “let the world see” how his officers conduct themselves with “drunks and psychos,” Arpaio wants to let the U.S. Supreme Court decide whether he has a right to broadcast prisoners being admitted for detention.

Arpaio has caused a whirlwind of controversy over his severe policies which include supplying men with government issued pink underwear, implementing chain gangs for men and women, and by banning smoking, coffee, pornographic magazines, movies and unrestricted television.

Inmates also are given barbed wire encircled tents to live in while working in repressive Arizona heat.

Sherrif Arpaio claims these measures are deterrents as well as cures for repeat offenders, saying to inmates, “This isn’t the Ritz/Carlton. If you don’t like it, don’t come back.”

In response to webcasting from jail, Arpaio replied, “maybe it will be a deterrent. The johns can all waive to their wives when they’re picked up for prostitution and say, ‘Hi honey! I’m in jail.’ And the drunk drivers can wave to their employers.”

Toughest Sheriff Appeals To Webcast From Jail
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