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 Weimeraner
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 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 Its 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:
“Its 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 Damned 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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