“If our troops in Desert Storm could live in tents,
then aren’t they good enough for sentenced inmates?”
Sheriff Joe Arpaio
Maricopa County, Arizona
For those of you not familiar with joe arpaio, he is the Maricopa Arizona county sheriff. He created the “Tent City Jail” by purchasing military surplus tents which are the same tents that our military troops used in Iraq and Afghanistan. His reasoning behind this was that if it was good enough for American military then it was plenty good for prisoners who cannot abide with the laws of this country. Thesis: People in jail should never live better than the public. III. Agenda – Reduces prison costs, Chain Gangs complete public work, Inmate Reduction IV. Reduces Prison costs
*The program relies heavily on surplus military property for which the Office obtained a Pentagon rule change that allows local government entities to obtain it for little or no costs. *A total of nearly 1600 convicted inmates are now being housed in Arpaio’s Tent Cities and all at a mere fraction of the cost of building a new jail. *There is a huge farm that was donated to 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 also has a pretty good sized hog farm, which provides meat and fertilizer. V. Chain Gangs complete public work
* He started chain gangs so the inmates could do free work on county and city projects, thereby lowering the taxes and helping raise the standard of living on the local population. * In Maricopa County, the chain gangs are dressed in the old-fashion black and white striped uniforms, and each wears a cap for protection against the desert sun. Chained together, they labor eight hours a day, six days a week, under the watchful eyes of detention officers. * Most often they work in the...