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Tag: Sheriff Joe Arpaio

July
19th

Sheriff Arpaio throws his credibility out the birther window

First there was the pink underwear worn by jail inmates. Next came the tent cities, erected at a fraction of the cost of traditional brick and mortar jails. Finally, there were the chain gangs, a throwback to the days when the lives of inmates included hard labor, rather than weight lifting and television privileges.

Through it all there was Sheriff Joe Arpaio, the elected sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona, who defended his regressive measures by proclaiming (correctly) that our troops in Iraq were facing similar conditions while under the threat of a war zone. In other words, stop whining.

It

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May
11th

Crime and punishment in the new millenium

It all started with the pink underwear.

As the world leader in incarceration, by percentage and expense, America knew something was up when Joe Arpaio, the self-anointed “Toughest Sheriff in America,” introduced the country to his inmates’ pinkish undergarments. That was years ago. Since then Sheriff Arpaio’s crusade to make his jail a self-described “concentration camp” has had its ups and downs.

Whether the discussion includes Sheriff Joe or not, incarceration itself is a controversial topic. Is it punishment or rehabilitation? Should doing time guarantee an inmates’ right to lift weights, watch TV and read Playboy or instead be a

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