America's Toughest Sheriff: How to Win the War Against Crime

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Summit Publishing Group, 1996 - Social Science - 262 pages
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Overcrowded jails and shrinking budgets equal early release for prisoners in most communities. Not so in Maricopa County, Arizona, where Sheriff Joe Arpaio houses inmates in surplus army tents dating from the Korean War. And while summer temperatures in the desert can reach 120 degrees, Sheriff Joe reasons that if the tents were good enough for the troops of Desert Storm, they are good enough for convicted criminals. America's Toughest Sheriff is an unfiltered account of Sheriff Joe's "get smart and get tough" approach to jail. He believes that criminals should never live better in jail than they do on the outside. Called the "Alcatraz of Arizona", the Tent City Jail features discipline, hard work, and a total absence of frills. By eliminating coffee and feeding convicts sandwiches at lunch, Arpaio has shaved $500,000 annually from the cost of keeping prisoners. And that's only the beginning of the changes he has initiated on his way to achieving an 85 percent approval rating from his constituents. Citizens of the Phoenix area rave about Sheriff Joe's common-sense approach to crime, and about his creative ways to save taxpayers money. More than 2,500 residents have volunteered for his posses, performing duties from rescuing lost hikers to patrolling the malls during the holidays. His innovative leadership in law enforcement is rooted in more than 30 years' experience as a federal drug enforcement agent when he fought the drug trade in Turkey and Central America.

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This a good read for someone who wishes to revert back to the 'dark ages.' Arpaio is only a narcissistic, arrogant, holier than thou sadist. He vows to be tough on crime only to increase his bank account. He will end up in prison, as he is under the impression that he answers to no one as he has no conscience. His vindictiveness towards his critics is outlandish, if he were just, would this be the case? He is full of ulterior motives for example: he claims he is tough on crime as he only feeds inmates twice a day, what he neglects to inform you is that he only started that policy after he increased inmate weekly commissary spending allowance from 50 to 100 dollars because he owned it. The striped jail garb, who has the contract to supply those?  

About the author (1996)

Joseph Arpaio's recent autobiography, America's Toughest Sheriff: How to Win the War Against Crime, derives its title from Arpaio's tough stance as a law enforcement official. Arpaio was born in 1932 and served in the U.S. Army for three years during the Korean War. After the war, he spent the next 25 years with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. He quickly excelled in undercover work and in capturing drug offerders-skills that earned him a Special Agent post. After concluding his federal career, Arpaio was elected sheriff of Maricopa County, in Arizona, in 1992. As sheriff, Arpaio has garnered both fame and notoriety. He implemented many innovative programs, including returning convicted inmates to chain gangs and creating a tent city for inmates. While his ideas have proven efficient and inexpensive, many people claim that his treatment of prisoners is harsh and inhumane. Many of Arpaio's tough-on-crime philosophies are detailed in his book. Arpaio lives in Arizona.

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