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 desert heat on such jobs as cutting fire breaks and removing trash.
They also bury indigents in the county cemetary. * Inmates learn discipline and the community at large gets beautification projects done well and inexpensively. Maricopa County was spending approximately $18million a year on stray animals, like cats and dogs. Sheriff Joe offered to take this dept under his jurisdiction and animal shelters are now staffed and operated by prisoners. They feed and care for the strays and are taken out for walks. They have become experts in animal nutrition and behavior. His entire budget for the entire dept is now under $3million. VI.
Inmate Reduction *Maricopa county jail populations in the midst of a steep decline from a high count of more than 10,000 in 2006 to an average population of about 7,500 in 2011. The overcrowding that helped launch tent city has decreased. *People who have served time say “Thank you, Sheriff. I hate the tents. It’s a restraint and we’re not going to come back. ” VII. Conclusion *If all prisons were like this one there would be a lot less crime and/or repeat offenders. If not, it is certainly a much cheaper way to house these criminals that do nothing positive for society.
These are people who cannot live within the confines of the law and now they have a place that does not cost the taxpayers as much. Criminals should be punished for their crimes – not live in luxury until it is time for their parole, only to go out and commit another crime and end up back in jail to live on taxpayer’s money and enjoy things taxpayers cannot afford to have for themselves. In conclusion: Should all Prisons mirror the Maricopa county jail system??? ABSOLUTELY!!! People in jail should never live better than the public.