Thursday, June 19, 2008

U S Alright?


These are some of the reasons why:

Sheriff Joe Arpaio created the 'tent city jail' to save Arizona from spending tens of millions of dollars on another expensive prison complex.

He has jail meals down to 20 cents a serving and charges the inmates for them.

He banned smoking and pornographic magazines in the jails, and took away
their weightlifting equipment and cut off all but 'G' movies. He says:
'They're in jail to pay a debt to society not to build muscles so they can assault
innocent people when they leave.'

He started chain gangs to use the inmates to do free work on county and city projects and save taxpayer's money.

Then he started chain gangs for women so he wouldn't get sued for

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 allows the Disney channel and the weather channel.

When asked why the weather channel
, he replied: 'So these morons will know how hot it's gonna be while they are working on my chain gangs.'
He cut off coffee because it has zero nutritional value and is therefore a waste of taxpayer money. When the inmates complained, he told
them, 'This isn't the Ritz/Carlton. If you don't like it, don't come back.'
He also bought the Newt Gingrich lecture series on US history that he pipes into the jails. When asked by a reporter if he had any lecture series by a Democrat, he replied that a democratic lecture series that actually tells the truth for a change would be welcome and that it might even explain why 95% of the inmates were in his jails in the first place.

With temperatures being even hotter than usual in Phoenix (116 degrees just set a new record for June 2nd
2007), the Associated Press reported: 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 the
Wednesday, hundreds of men wearing pink boxer shorts were overheard chatting in the tents, where temperatures reached 128 degrees.
'This is hell. It feels like we live in a furnace,' said Ernesto Gonzales, an inmate for 2
years with 10 more to go. 'It's inhumane.'
Joe Arpaio, who makes his prisoners wear pink, and eat bologna sandwiches, is not one bit sympathetic. 'Criminals should be punished for their crimes - not live in luxury until it's time for parole, only to go out and commit more crimes so they can come back in to live on taxpayers money and enjoy things many taxpayers can't afford to have for themselves.'

The same day he told all the inmates who were complaining of the heat in the tents: 'It's between 120 to 130 degrees in Iraq and our soldiers are living in tents too, and they have to walk all day in the sun, wearing full battle gear and get shot at, and they have not committed any crimes, so shut your damned mouths!'

Way to go, Sheriff! If all prisons were like yours there would be a lot less crime and we would not be in the current position of running out of prison spaces.

If you agree, pass this on.
If not, just delete it.

Sheriff Joe was just re-elected
as Sheriff in Maricopa County, Arizona

This was an email that I was sent a little while ago. Never has so much sense come out of America (no offence!). I only wish that every prison was run like Joe's. But with this poxy "Human Rights" shit, it's never likely to happen. As far as I'm concerned, you commit a crime you then give up your rights. Yeah yeah, I know...there are always miscarriages of justice and when that happens, it's awful. Nobody's justice system is perfect. However, does this mean that we should have "soft" prisons? Does that mean that we should give prisoners a better standard of living that millions of law abiding citizens have? I, for one, think not. Make prisons a living hell.

I'd even go so far as to say "Let the punishment fit the crime". But that's a while different issue and one that I may just leave for another post.


Princess Pointful said...

Urm... I just dunno.
Yes, there are certainly some people that deserve such treatment.
But there are also mistakes, and some seriously messed miscarriages of justice... like possession of marijuana getting more jail time than child molesters. To me, that needs to be sorted out first.

I guess it also depends on whether you consider prison to be for punishment or rehabilitation.

Mandy said...

>Make prisons a living hell.

If it's such a picnic, how come there were 92 successful suicides in UK jails last year?

Someone I know was jailed for something she swore she didn't do.
She was driven to run away once and tried to commit suicide twice because of the sexual abuse she experienced from other prisoners.
Cable TV does not make a jail a holiday camp.

Would a 'living hell' achieve much, given the following?
* 70% of women prisoners have mental health problems.
* 37% have attempted suicide.
*there has been a 48 per cent rise in the number of self-harm incidents in women's prisons in the past five years.
* At least 50% report being victims of childhood abuse or domestic violence.'

Beth said...

Sounds good - no perks, no coddling - as long as the inhumane treatment of others is not perpetuated. That's a consequence that is wrong for all concerned. (Not sure if I am making sense here.)
The scenario described in the article reminds me of the movie Cool Hand Luke.

SMARTBuddy said...

I agree entirely- of course there are exceptions and examples that disprove every rule, but in 'general' prisons could do with some Joe influence

Unknown said...

My partner is a senior officer in Catagory A prison. This means the worst possible crimes have been committed by these criminals.
Yes a small majoriy are on remmand awaiting trial/ sentence. The main majority have been convicted, and are serving upto life in prison.
These crimes are so terrible, that I can't even start to describe. Child abuse/ armed robbery/ murder etc. All of which are short terms that you hear on the news and read about in the newspapers, but when you look at the complexities and horrific detail of each crime, you understand why they shouldn't have an easy life. I don't see why a person who for example, has abused a 4 month old baby, should be able to live in a warm room. Be fed 3 times a day with food similar to the food our kids eat at school(which we have to pay for). Watch TV at their leisure. Play Pool, keep fit in the gym. Get regular outdoor time. Get visits from their loved ones. All in all it costs tax payers 30k a year to keep each of these people comfortable. Why? I agree with Sheriff Joe, and obviously the people who vote for him do. We need to get tougher in this country. All this human rights bullshit gets on my wick. The convicted inmates took away the human rights of the people they committed their crimes against. Totally distroying lives for their own gratification. Where is the justice in that? Ask the babies family.... rant over.