Prison Reforms - the way ahead

Discussion in 'The ARRSE Hole' started by Danny_Dravot, May 19, 2007.

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  1. Apologies if this has been done before - copied from an email doing the rounds, also currently showing on Bravo (Ch121)....hats off to you sir, you'd be welcomed here as the prisons tsar!

    TO THOSE OF YOU NOT FAMILIAR WITH JOE ARPAIO, HE IS THE MARICOPA COUNTYSHERIFF (ARIZONA) ANDHE KEEPS GETTING ELECTED OVER AND OVER AGAIN.

    These are some of the reasons why:
    Sheriff Joe Arpaio created the "tent city jail" to save Arizona from spending tens of million of dollars on another expensive prison complex.

    He has jail meals down to 40 cents a serving and charges the inmates for them.

    He banned smoking and porno 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), 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 pink boxer shorts were 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."

    Wednesday 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.
     
  2. what a bloke - but the pc brigade overhear would have a field day
     
  3. I've been hearing lots about this place recently, infact I'm sure I saw a program on it the other day in which some British prisoners were sent over there to see how they lasted in some reality tv style program...
     
  4. fair one, he sounds like a top bloke and someone the Ministry of Justice should get over here in an instant, then maybe we wouldnt be in a position where prisoners are being treated better than squaddies!
     
  5. This is the third time it has been the subject of a thread to my knowledge. Artemis here, suggests that there are a lot more.

    If there is anything new to be said, then post away, please read the other threads first to make sure before You do though.
     
  6. I think it's about time we outsourced our penal system to third world countries as we do with call centres. Would only have to pay the prison staff a dollar a day and if the prisoners escape so what. Would generate more money as their relatives would have to fly out to visit. Anyone who had a sentence of 5 years or more would automatically become a citizen of the country they were interred in, thus losing British citizenship.
     
  7. Look if we ship a load of cons to arizona you lot will be complaining about us buying them foreign holidays so make your minds up pls


    Trotsky
     
  8. "You lot"????

    So you obviuosly think our prison system works and is great?
     
  9. wah !!!!
     
  10. Wednesday 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!"

    Game, Set and Match to the Sheriff I'd say!