Sheriff Joe

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Blog entry by longgone posted 07-06-2010 05:45 PM 2259 reads 3 times favorited 44 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This email was sent to me today and it is soooo true !!!

Oh, there’s MUCH more to know about Sheriff Joe!

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 dog s 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. Teresa and I adopted a Weimaraner from a Maricopa County shelter two years ago. He was neutered and current on all shots, in great health, and even had a microchip inserted the day we got him. Cost us $78. 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.. We have six trees in our yard from the prison.

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.
Sheriff Joe Arpaio (in Arizona ) 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 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 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.”
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 their bunk beds or 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 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..


Chuck Watts
Monson, MA

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Joe Weaver

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#1 posted 07-06-2010 06:02 PM

Send this to the White House

-- Joe, Ga

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#2 posted 07-06-2010 06:06 PM

ditto to Joe Weaver.

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#3 posted 07-06-2010 07:19 PM

I agree! All prisons should be like this one. If you end up in prison, you should lose all the luxuries of Law abiding citizens. As far as the numbers painted on the buses, I think it is great. If you’re not a legal taxpaying citizen, then you need to leave. I would vote for Joe. We need more like him!!!!!

-- Paul, North Dakota, USAF Ret.

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#4 posted 07-06-2010 07:35 PM

Yes! I agree with Joe… We need more like him!

You should see the new prison built in Chicago! It’s better than most 5 star hotels!! Our Stimulus money going to good use!! (yuk!)

Sheriff Joe is my kind of guy!

I wish him the best of LUCK!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#5 posted 07-06-2010 08:16 PM

For Joe Weaver: You have a good idea but I’m a feared it would be a wasted effort. Probably the only thing they would do is put YOU on a no fly list.
I’ve been reading about Sheriff Joe ever since he started and I’ve never read an idea of his I disagreed with.
If more places would start programs like his,instead of whinning about gun control we all would be better off.
BTW, I salute the lady governor for her actions too.
Howie now steps off his soapbox.

-- Life is good.

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#6 posted 07-06-2010 08:42 PM

You are most likely right, It a shame the people in DC forget who they work for

-- Joe, Ga

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#7 posted 07-06-2010 10:46 PM

I absolutely love Joe. He’s one of the few national bright spots not seen in the cable news networks. The ‘progressives’ absolutely hate him because he has solutions to problems that boggle the progressive mind! You’ll only hear about Joe in the mainstream media when the ACLU or some other liberal group wants to paint Joe as a danger to America. Joe is no danger to America. Joe is danger to progressive election campaigns! More Joe….less liberal!

-- Max the "night janitor" at

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#8 posted 07-06-2010 11:43 PM

We need more elected officials like this guy -they would definitely get my vote.

-- Ron - Any day that I don't learn something new is a wasted day.

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#9 posted 07-06-2010 11:52 PM

The rest of the country can learn a lot from AZ

-- Joe

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#10 posted 07-07-2010 12:05 AM

My ONLY (and substantial) concern with harsher conditions for convicted criminals:

[or … do your own research]

We convict a LOT of innocent people. I hope NEVER to be falsely convicted, but … if ever I am … I hope to be treated humanely [open to extensive debate, what that means, exactly].

-- -- Neil

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#11 posted 07-07-2010 01:10 AM

Stand Up Defend AZ

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#12 posted 07-07-2010 01:15 AM

If I was wrongly convicted of a crime I would rather be in a prison where I could volunteer to do something productive. Instead of in a prison where inmates had all this time on there hands to be destructive and defiant. While this is a horrible thing to happen to anyone, I fail to see how the way his prisons are operated relates. Watch some of the cable shows about jails and prisons and how these guys act, I would feel safer in the tent city.

-- Luke 23: 42-43

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#13 posted 07-07-2010 01:18 AM

For all the bad press he has many good ideas! Keep up the good work Joe!

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#14 posted 07-07-2010 01:21 AM

A movie that some of you might find interesting:

Lots of ways to approach this issue…..

-- -- Neil

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#15 posted 07-07-2010 01:33 AM

I’m still voting for Joe’s way, instead of meditate they can concentrate. Concentrate on growing corn, feeding hogs or raising puppies.

-- Luke 23: 42-43

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