I am a really big fan of Sheriff Joe.  I have been following him for a number of years, he is often featured on our news cast here in California. 

     Don’t really know where this came from except that I received it via email, many times forwarded.

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. 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.

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.
Update on Joe Arpaio

Sheriff Joe Arpaio(InArizona) 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

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 It’s 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 theirbunk bedsor 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: “It’s 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.

If you agree, pass this on. If not, just delete it.

Sheriff Joe was just reelected Sheriff in Maricopa County , Arizona

     If the corrections faculty’s across the country were more like this I feel that we would experience a decrease in crime.  Several family members both close and kin to close members have been incarcerated.  Sometimes in a revolving door style and others long term.  I feel that none of them received the type of confinement that was fitting for their offences.  They received no rehabilitation or lasting impressions to prevent recurrences.  I am sorry but I thought incarceration was punishment for offence and attempt at rehabilitation.

     In travels through Arizona we have seen these chain-gangs at work along side the High-ways.  There they were, both male and female in separate groups, in their pink jumps-suites under the watchful eyes of mounted, armed guards.

Jump on the band wagon and yell at me if you like.  But you won’t change my mind.

nuff preaching for now back to the

old west, next time.



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  3. Jerry Jarvis Says:

    The difference between those prisoners and the Iraq soldiers is one group volunteered for it. Until this nation addresses the under lying issues to crime we will always have crime. Both social and economic.

  4. ramblingbob Says:

    Still the fact is these people choose to try to steel, rob, mug and commite these crimes on their own hook. they have a choice, in my sons case it was eaiser to break the law and make fast money than to work for it like the people he stole from. I have no sympthay for people who have a choice who constantly make the wrong choice. I will never feel it is right for someone to take something from me that I have worked for. Plus the fact I have to have a portion of my taxes used to support thes ass—-. It’s bad enough that the goverment took 1/3 of every cent I made, but to have to support these clowns is a raw nerve. they should be made to work off their debt to socity, not to languish in jail lifting weights and watching cacle TV. nuff of this rant I’m disgusted with it.

  5. Pam W. Says:

    I work in a victim services position, while we fight for every penny we have and have to house victims and their children in old buildings, no cable, no luxuries, used clothes and the basic to get by, their batterers live in the nice air conditioned facilities, meals sometimes served to them, weight benches and full medical insurance that I and their victims pay for. I am so sick of hearing about these dammed criminals that were “diskrespcted” or how society dun them wrong yet, their children and the ones they claimed to have loved have less than what they get in prison. Our city is currently looking to renovate our prison because of its “bad” conditions and to expand to allow for more people to be housed in a brand new facility to the tune of over $10 million dollars, yet our agency was just denied $1 million dollars to try and renovate what we have just to make the place better suited for victims because we weren’t knowledgable in the construction industry. A duh! we would of hired a contractor! Anyway, I just had to say what was on my mind and I do admire the Sheriff for what he does

  6. ramblingbob Says:

    Pam, I admire you for your work, and know what you are saying and agree whole heartdly. I have many more gripes in the same vein. Like within the extended family, there is one who is pushing thirty and his looser wife who had four kids and lost them to the system due to drugs and negelect. she now has two more in the system 4 and 2 years old and she is expecting in Aug. and has drawn wellfare all along. I feel the state should nuter them like a cat! but no they say we cannot abrige their rights mean while the poor kids suffer. Pi**#* me off.

  7. A FELON Says:

    Dear Bob,

    I used to work for Maricopa, watching those damned shackled prisoners waiting for their court hearing. I was a real hater, pro-death, starve them damn prisoners type of guy! It felt pretty good being better than them, it really did!

    I was upper middle class, a wonderful home and wife, thinking that those pieces of prisoner scum were inferior. Never had I even entertained the idea of me becoming a felon…until one fine afternoon when I was accused of a crime and arrested.

    Well, the hate I used to spew has found its way back to me. Been around 10 years and I still live in poverty. Lost the home, the cars, the bank account and the wife. I haven’t paid income taxes in about that many years either…my future is not bright my friend.

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