I read an article posted on the Huffington Post about who some people tout as the meanest man in law enforcement, Sheriff Joe Arpaio. The article, “Joe Arpaio Tent City Protests: Thousand Gather for Rally” was a whopper depending on which side you’re on.
I used to live in Maricopa County and I like Sheriff Joe Arpaio. He’s mean, he’s tough and yes, he has a jail that is outside called Tent City. Many protestors were out in full force saying his Tent City jail is inhumane because of the hot temperatures the inmates must endure. Wait a minute; it is a jail after all, not a vacation to Scottsdale.
And, Sheriff Joe did point out many of our U.S. Military folks also have to endure horrible temperatures while on duty in some of foreign countries and they aren’t complaining—they’re proud to serve!
When I lived in Maricopa County, Sheriff Joe was famous for starting up the Tent City jail and if you ride by it, you’ll see a flashing “vacancy” sign because he’s always got room for more criminals.
He was picked on because he only served boloney sandwiches, made inmates watch “G-rated” TV shows and some of them were chained together and worked on the streets of Phoenix picking up trash on the side of the road—yes he chained women too. Good for him.
Crime is high in Maricopa County and because Tent City is always open, I personally like the idea that if you break the law, you’re doing there—even if it’s for a day or two.
We all here about the overcrowding in many prisons, and how some violent offenders are let out too early. Not so true at Boloney Joe’s place. But of course the worst of the worst aren’t housed there—it would be too easy for these guys to escape and kill or rape or rob more innocent people.
The average inmate doesn’t spend month upon month in Tent City either. These are short-termers or those awaiting bail or arraignment.
And, I must say I also endured the hot heat everyday wearing dreaded panty hose to work when the outside thermometer hit 110 and often higher. Living in Maricopa County is tough and if you don’t like heat don’t live there and if you do live there, don’t commit a crime because the Sheriff is tough.
It seems Sheriff Joe is always in trouble in the press or from some “group” but the registered voters of Maricopa County continue to re-elect him so most of the residents there could care less about these protests that are now being reported nationally.
I say keep up the good work Sheriff Joe!
On a side note, the story mentions how Joe makes all his inmates in Tent City wear pink underwear. I must say this might have once been true and at the County Fair Joe’s soldiers did sell them and my husband and I both had a pair of these boxer shorts. They were lightweight, comfy and so nice looking you could actually run to 7-11 if you needed milk—no problem.
Many years after I left Maricopa County, however, I called Sheriff Joe’s office and asked if these pink shorts were still for sale (monies made are used for charitable causes). Unfortunately, I was told there are no more pink shorts so Huffington Post folks, if you’re going to write a story, get it right okay?