Recall Joe!

That's what a group led by the well-connected family of one of Arpaio's own injured deputies is working to see happen

There are about 3,000 sentenced inmates and 6,000 pretrial detainees jammed into county jails built to house 5,200 prisoners. Arpaio purposely keeps the jail population higher than necessary by refusing to use effective diversion programs that other counties, including Pima, have used for years.

These programs have saved taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars because they reduce the need for new jails. But Arpaio wants to pack as many people in jail as possible. This generates income for the sheriff's office from fees paid by cities, the state and the federal government for holding prisoners.

Arpaio is so obsessed with keeping the jails full that he frequently targets parents who fail to pay child support for arrest and incarceration.

View from outside the Tent City jail near 29th Avenue 
and Durango Street.
Peter Scanlon
View from outside the Tent City jail near 29th Avenue and Durango Street.
Linda Saville vowed to work to get Arpaio removed after deputies framed her brother James and locked him up for four years.
Jackie Mercandetti
Linda Saville vowed to work to get Arpaio removed after deputies framed her brother James and locked him up for four years.

While I have a very low opinion of parents who skip out on obligations to pay for their children, I don't understand Arpaio's rationale for locking up these people. He keeps such parents incarcerated until they somehow come up with money to make good on delinquent child-support payments.

How in the hell can a parent do that when he or she isn't working? This illustrates that Arpaio isn't about solving the problem -- he couldn't care less about the kids of these parents while they rot in jail.

This is just another way to keep citizens crammed in his clinks. That way, Arpaio not only generates funds, he gets to claim that treating these minor lawbreakers like hardened criminals is protecting a public apparently frightened senseless by the threat of crime.


Just last month, still another inmate died unnecessarily because of bungling by Arpaio's detention officers, including their failure to communicate with Correctional Health Services, which is supposed to provide health care to county jail prisoners.

The January 23 death of Deborah Braillard is especially shocking because it was easily preventable. All the 46-year-old woman needed was her insulin to treat her severe diabetes.

The MCSO's line is that the woman didn't tell jail medical staff that she was diabetic when she was booked. But her daughter, Jennifer Braillard, doesn't believe this claim, saying her mother was no fool and knew she had to have insulin daily or she would quickly become sick.

Jailers say they thought she was a drug addict. They apparently never bothered to look at her medical records. If they had, they would have seen she was given insulin every day during a two-month jail stint in the winter of 2003-2004.

The timeline of Deborah Braillard's last hours of consciousness vividly reveals the callous disregard of human life inside Arpaio's lockups.

She was picked up on a probation violation, charged with possession of illegal drugs, and jailed on the evening of January 2. Nurses were in her cellblock two times on January 3 and once on the morning of January 4. There is no record they examined her or provided her insulin.

By 3:30 p.m. on January 4, Braillard was complaining to detention officers that she was having trouble breathing and feeling sick. A nurse came through the pod at 7 that evening, but did not treat Braillard, records indicate.

Braillard's condition continued to deteriorate that night. By 3:15 a.m. on January 5, a detention officer wrote in a security report that Braillard was "kicking and was groaning/yelling" so loudly that she was waking other inmates in the dormitory.

Instead of seeking medical help, detention officers moved her to another room, where her agonizing screams would not disturb other inmates. Despite Braillard's obvious pain, there is no record that a nurse who came through the pod at 7 a.m. treated her. An hour later, Braillard was moved back to her bunk in the dormitory.

Jennifer Braillard tells me she didn't even know her mother was in jail until the night of January 4, when she learned of her mother's plight from some friends.

Worried about her mother's health, Jennifer says she called the jail as soon as the switchboard opened about 7 a.m. on January 5. She wanted to make sure they knew her mother was diabetic.

"I told them this was very important, and I also told them the type of insulin she needed," she says.

It's unclear whether Jennifer Braillard's call triggered detention officers to do something, or if Deborah Braillard's condition had deteriorated so much that it was no longer possible to ignore her plight. Jennifer Braillard says she's been told that jailers found her mother face-down on the floor.

Sheriff's records indicate that Deborah Braillard was finally transferred to a medical ward by wheelchair at 10:05 a.m. on January 5.

After her early-morning January 5 call to the jail, Jennifer Braillard says she never heard another word from Arpaio's detention officers concerning the condition of her mother. It wasn't until the evening of January 6 that she received an update.

It was bad news.

"The hospital called me and said to get there immediately, that she was in ICU," Jennifer recalls. "They told me she was in a diabetic coma."

Her mother drifted in and out of consciousness before finally dying on January 23.

Naturally, Jennifer blames the county jail for the needless death of her mother.

"Five days without insulin is ridiculous!" she says. "If they provided the care that she needed, she would not be dead."

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hophead
hophead

What is the old saying? A snowballs chance in hell? Arpaio is saving your sorry asses from criminals and illegals and you want him gone. That positively shows me and millions that you want him gone to further your control of the area government.

Sonia
Sonia

Sheriff Joe Arpaio is nothing but a CLOWN, YES A CLOWN!!!! All he wants is publicity whether is good or bad FREE publicity is just that Free publicity. He doesn't do his job the way it should be done. DRUGS, GANGS, MURDERS and more crimes are at it's high. WHY? because he's more worried about TV ratings than fighting crime. And all the people that support him are nothing but IGNORANT RACISTS! That cannot difference between a Hispanic US citizen and an Illegal alien. They're soooooo STUPID, that think that ALL people with brown skin and dark hair are illegals. I say put Joe Arpaio to the TEST.!!!!!!

jaded
jaded

Sign me up too...Umm WAIT!... I will stand in the sweltering heat with you. This guy has got to go! Women dying,blind guys beaten,OMG did we move ten thousand years back in time?What a blatant disgrace to the human race... ok some people did drugs,got a dui,came to a country for a better life ...someone order a psychiatric EVAL for HIM!

Linda Bates
Linda Bates

Sign me up. Where can I find a petition to sign. I've been waiting for this for a long time. The man is a egomaniac and dangerous.

Ginger Mattox
Ginger Mattox

I am not fond of volunteering for anything but I will stand on a street corner with clip board in hand for hours to gather signatures for a recall to our infamous sheriff if it would help to get this pompous blow-hard out of our lives. The old geezer should have retired a decade ago instead of considering running for another term. What respectable old western town would ever have had a 79 year old sheriff (which will be his age at the end of another term)? What a joke! He is a disgrace to our commuity.

fran denatale
fran denatale

As a parent & law abiding citizen, who votes, i want to see arpio out, he is nothing more then a blow hart, e-go driven nut case. No one is saying that people who brake the law , should get away with it , but he has no right to treat inmates like animals(no, he treats animals better)there is desease, starvation , ransit food that makes them sick, if inmates don't have family to put money in their accounts, they would starve, arpio sticks it to the family members every time.there is alot of staff infections, not letting them see sunlight weeks at a time, we are talking inmates with dui's or drug problems , i'm not talking violent or murder, treat accordingly . all arpio gets repeat offenders, by their treatment , they are made bitter, not better, how do i know all this , my son has had a drug problem that lasted 1& 1half year at 24 ,didn't have one till we moved here, iv'e lived in many places, this place is the worst, my son 's treatment has been horriable at his jails.He was sentenced to department of corrections & at that time was examined & evaluated to be bi-polar & has since been on medication. he has since been brought back to the county jail to face another charge in which it took the county 45 days to acknowledge & administer the meds the state had already prescribed for him & was in his paper work , he kept asking & 3times in written form.he went from 800 mils. to nothing ,(jail creates the problems) give a small mind a little power , it goes to their heads, that's arpio.i am a hair dresser with a big mouth& i see alot of people , vote for dan saban, a good man , i voted for arpio, before we got involved in the system & saw how he runs things , i am one angry italian mom, i will tell everyone not vote for him.

Red
Red

I would lay odds,(that is if I wasn't a Christian) that these poor mistreated prisoners would not want to trade places with our "honest, law abiding" men and women who have to serve time in a heat far worse that they could ever stand up to. Not only do they have to take the heat, (and the women have to wear covers over their face when out on a stroll)on top of all the battle gear. They also have to dodge bullets and mines. They do this , not because they want to be there, but because they want to defend the greatest country in the world. Even if that means some get to live off the country free,(this also needs to stop) or the drug infested "holly wood" type keep putting them dowm. (What happened to the Jimmy Stewart bred of men), or if some nuckle-headed punk wants to brake the law.

Red
Red

I have not seen all of the info. on the subject, however what I have seen and read, I fully agree with the Sheriff. If we made it "not so nice" maybe they would not want to go to jail in the first place. I know, I know, no one wants to go to jail. Well then, and I quote, "don't do the crime if you don't want to do the time. I may get rid of the "pink" though.

lele woodcook
lele woodcook

WE THINK THAT THE LAW THERE MUST BE A LOT BETTER THAN IT IS HEREYOU NEED TO COME HERE AND TEACH THEM A THING OR TO.WE ALSO THINK YOU NEED TO RUN FOR PRESDENT.IT MAKES ME THINK THAT WHEN THE PRISONS TREAT THERE BAD PEOPLE BETTER THEN OUR PEOPLE IN THE WAR THERE IS A PROBLEM.THE PRISNERS ARE NOT LEARNING ANYTHING EXCEPT THAT ALL THEY WILL GET IS A SLAPON THE WRIST. WE THE TAX PAYERS SHOULDNT BE RESPONSABLE FOR PAYING FOR THERE STAY AT THE BIG HOUSE.THERE NOT THERE TO BABYED THEY ARE THERE TO BE PUNISHED.

Mary
Mary

I have jusr received an e-mail which set out some facts about the tent city, pink gear and other methods of humiliation of prisoners. My reaction was disbelief that not only is the man getting re-elected but that the inhumanity is being allowed in the country which purports to have a modern top-class legal system????

Yeah!

David Hicks!

Inhumanity is alive and well in the US of A

 
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