Can we bring this system to the UK please?


These are some of the reasons why:

Sheriff Joe Arpaio created the 'tent city jail' to save Arizona from spending tens of millions of dollars on another expensive prison complex.

He has jail meals down to 20 cents a serving and charges the inmates for them.

He banned smoking and pornographic magazines in the jails, and took away their weightlifting equipment and cut off all but 'G' movies. He says:
'They're in jail to pay a debt to society not to build muscles so they can assault innocent people when they leave.'

He started chain gangs to use the inmates to do free work on county and city projects and save taxpayer's money.

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 allows the Disney channel and the weather channel.

When asked why the weather channel, he replied: 'So these morons will know how hot it's gonna be while they are working on my chain gangs.'
He cut off coffee because it has zero nutritional value and is therefore a waste of taxpayer money. When the inmates complained, he told them, 'This isn't the Ritz/Carlton. If you don't like it, don't come back.'
He also bought the Newt Gingrich lecture series on US history 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 that actually tells the truth for a change would be welcome and that it might even explain why 95% of the inmates were in his jails in the first place.

With temperatures being even hotter than usual in Phoenix (116 degrees just set a new record for June 2nd 2007), the Associated Press reported: 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 the Wednesday, hundreds of men wearing pink boxer shorts were overheard chatting in the tents, where temperatures reached 128 degrees.
'This is hell. It feels like we live in a furnace,' said Ernesto Gonzales, an inmate for 2 years with 10 more to go. 'It's inhumane.'
Joe Arpaio, who makes his prisoners wear pink, and eat bologna sandwiches, is not one bit sympathetic. 'Criminals should be punished for their crimes - not live in luxury until it's time for parole, only to go out and commit more crimes so they can come back in to live on taxpayers money and enjoy things many taxpayers can't afford to have for themselves.'

The same day he told all the inmates who were complaining of the heat in the tents: 'It's between 120 to 130 degrees in Iraq and our soldiers are living in tents too, and they have to walk all day in the sun, wearing full battle gear and get shot at, and they have not committed any crimes, so shut your damned mouths!'

Way to go, Sheriff! If all prisons were like yours there would be a lot less crime and we would not be in the current position of running out of prison spaces.

Sheriff Joe was just re-elected as Sheriff in Maricopa County, Arizona
I've read this before and it sounds like a bloody good alternative to cushy prisons, but is it all actually true? Any links for us, kes1?
Perhaps he could be Clarkson's right hand man (once we get him into power)!!!!

In all seriousness though, well done him. We need that sort of bloke around this country.
Sheriff Joe has cost his employers a fortune in payments to prisoners whose human rights have been violated. That's American human rights by the way. Not British ones where crims are paid thousands if the prison runs out of soft toilet paper.


there was a series about this jail on the bravo channel
why oh why dont we have the same system in the uk oh yeah i forgot would be against there human rights :roll:
I wish we had more saints like him in the UK.

He's lowered costs;
more than $50 million in claims had been filed against the sheriffs office and Maricopa County.
Lowered repeat offence;
a 1998 Arpaio commissioned study said:
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.
Is an honest and decent man;
(he's destroyed evidence and claimed that a blind inmate died from falling out of his bunk, see The Scott Norberg case and The Brian Crenshaw case, also had been found guilty of entrapment)

He encourages inmates to behave civilised and responsibly;
"the Sheriff admitted knowing about, and in fact intentionally designing, some conditions at Tent City that created a substantial risk of inmate violence."

He also keeps his word, and is not power hungry;
"In 1992, Arpaio signed a notarized document, stating he would only serve one term as sheriff. He is now in his fourth term."

Im no fan of the current system we have in the UK, where prisons would be better described as hotels. But i'd like to think that we can find a civilised solution to crime.
I read an article recently about a similiar sort of regime that worked, whether it was this guy in a biased light i'm not sure, will have a check.
ooh you can get a tour..

Scheduling tours: Group tours of the internationally famous Tents Jail can be scheduled in advance by calling: 602-876-5551

. Adults only (ages 18 and over)

. Tours will be conducted by Tents jail staff

. Group size: 10 to 30 adults

. Time and date availability to be determined by Tents Jail Administration

. Dress standards apply. (Business casual is appropriate.)

. Other guidelines/requirements may be established by Tents Jail Administration.

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