- Hardcover: 284 pages
- Publisher: The Summit Publishing Group (March 1, 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1565302028
- ISBN-13: 978-1565302020
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,671,735 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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America's Toughest Sheriff: How We Can Win the War Against Crime Hardcover – March 1, 1996
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After 32 years as a federal drug official, Arpaio was elected sheriff of Maricopa County in Arizona, an area as large as New Jersey. Confronted with a 10% budget cut and overcrowded jails, he houses prisoners in tents in the desert. Prohibitions are strict: no smoking, no coffee, no nudie magazines, no violent TV shows. There are educational opportunities, but only 30% of the inmates participate. Arpaio instituted chain gangs, composed of volunteers, to do clean-up work; he also organized a civilian corps to assist his department. The mass media have attacked Arpaio as a vestige of a bygone era, but his book, written with Sherman (The Good, Bad and the Famous), makes a strong case that he is a tough, not a cruel, cop. Photos not seen by PW.
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Most of the book is a description of how the author wanted to keep more people in jail but he had a shrinking corrections budget. He basically set up a concentration camp for low level offenders. (More serious offenders appear to have been kept in a normal jail)
The author has purchased a series of tents and set up a wired perimeter. Around this he has a few guards, enough to keep people in but not the normal number you would have in a prison. To complete the economy measures he has reduced the amount of money spent on food. The average cost of meal provision is 30cents. To be able to have such cheap food the author has to purchase food that is not for sale on the normal market. Meat sausage that has turned green and the like.
The writer has then spent most of his time showing news reporters from current affairs shows around his new prison.
All of this could only happen in America. Some of the book is humerous in a bizarre way. Thus the author restricted the types of films available to prisoners. He for instance was keen for them to see promotional material for conservative politicans. He allowed the prisoners to see one "drama" a corny old film called "Old Yella". This film is about a loyal dog which dies in the end role. The author was of a view that this was a touching and moving film. The prisoners however thought that the film was so bad they cheered when the dog died. The author to pay them back banned all "drama's". I'm a bit with the prisoners on this issue.
The author basically seems to be a person keen on publicity and is willing to use the vulnerable, prisoners in his care to achieve his ends.
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