Inhumanity Has a Price

Corpses, a flesh-eating virus, the most-sued sheriff in America. Lawsuits against Joe Arpaio have cost us $41 million, so far


Every sheriff gets sued over jail conditions. The problem is that Joe Arpaio gets sued thousands of times more than any of the others.

Before Arpaio's reign, Maricopa County didn't bother to pay for liability insurance. And with good reason — the county wasn't losing multimillion-dollar lawsuits or paying families millions to settle their claims.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio compares unfavorably to L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca when it comes to jail conditions.
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Sheriff Joe Arpaio compares unfavorably to L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca when it comes to jail conditions.
Baca's office dealt with MRSA infections five years ago. Arpaio's office has yet to start.
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Baca's office dealt with MRSA infections five years ago. Arpaio's office has yet to start.

Peter Crowley, Maricopa County's risk manager, says the county's insurance rates have skyrocketed during Arpaio's tenure. "I wasn't here back when [the Scott Norberg case] happened," Crowley says of Arpaio's first major loss, a suit the county settled for $8.25 million. "But I can tell you this: Our deductible was only $1 million a few years back. Now it's $5 million."

Early into Arpaio's reign, county officials realized they needed insurance. They were able to get a relatively cheap policy, and from 1995 to 1998, the county paid $328,894 a year for an insurance policy with a $1 million deductible.

But now, after Arpaio's lawsuits have cost the county $30 million in legal fees and cost insurance companies millions more, it pays four times as much for a policy. That policy doesn't even cover lawsuits under $5 million.

Today, Maricopa County pays a yearly premium of $1.2 million for outside insurance with a $5 million deductible. For any lawsuit that costs $5 million or less, the county foots the entire bill. It's the best policy the county can get given Arpaio's dismal track record.

Since 1995, that yearly insurance premium alone has cost taxpayers $11,345,609, according to the county's Risk Management Office. More staggering is the official grand total of Arpaio's attorney's bills, lawsuit settlements and payments: $30,039,928.

Both figures were listed in a report produced by county officials after a recent New Times public-records request. Combined, they show the cost to insure for and defend against Arpaio lawsuits totals $41.4 million.


In Joe Arpaio's jails, even the paperwork is deadly.

For $6 million, the jails could have built a computer database of inmate health problems. Such a database, advised jail auditor Moore and Associates in 2000, would improve healthcare for inmates and improve efficiency for jail employees.

Three years after that finding, a 2003 audit concluded, "Personnel report that medication errors occur on a regular basis" and "there is a significant backlog in health-record filing that has been estimated to be between eight months to one year . . . the health records are not current and continuity of care cannot be maintained."

Five years after that first warning, the jail still hadn't built an electronic database for inmate health problems.

Deborah Braillard died as a result.

She had been arrested for riding in a stolen car.

When Braillard, 46, an insulin-dependent diabetic, started shaking, vomiting, and fading into a diabetic coma, Arpaio's detention officers decided against taking her to the infirmary.

She had been in perfect health when she entered Arpaio's jail, but after two days without insulin, she was on the verge of a coma.

Numerous inmates, including Braillard's cellmates, who rattled cell bars and hollered for guards, say asking for medical treatment in Arpaio's jails often merits a reply from guards that you're faking it.

Braillard wasn't faking it.

Tamera Harper was one of three Estrella Jail cellmates of Braillard's who told an identical story of what happened next.

"I woke up to hear Deborah Braillard moaning and crying for help. The detention officers moved her to a television room to keep her from disturbing other inmates," Harper wrote in a court declaration.

The detention officers didn't take Braillard to the jail infirmary.

The cellmates all say that when officers flopped Braillard back into her bunk the next morning, January 23, 2005, she was unconscious. The inmates attempted to feed Braillard sugar, but she began convulsing.

Jail employees eventually arrived, lifted Braillard into a wheelchair, and opted for non-emergency transport to the Maricopa County Medical Center, where she was quickly transferred to the intensive care unit. Hospital doctors reversed the diabetic coma with basic insulin and fluids. But the damage was done.

Eighteen days later, Braillard's daughter Jennifer watched as a county physician, Dr. Scott Van Poppel, declared her mother dead — ultimately from going 70 hours without insulin in Arpaio's jail.

When Sheriff's Detective J. Bryant arrived to check out Braillard's body, he pulled back the blue hospital blanket to note that Braillard's limbs were swollen, her toes were already black, and her calves were spotted with sores. Hospital tubes and IVs were still in her body.

The problem isn't just that the jail denied Braillard insulin and refused to treat her. It's that the jail knew Braillard was diabetic before she was even arrested.

Like many inmates, Braillard had passed through the jail months earlier. On that visit, she had marked the jail's intake sheet, declaring her diabetes. The jail's health records documented Braillard's need for insulin.

Yet, on her second incarceration, jail employees denied her insulin, ignored her cries for help, and failed to get her insulin when she became unconscious.

A shoestring budget-records system of paper folders (with misspelled and misfiled names) costs healthcare employees hours of time spent inefficiently, warned the 2000 Moore and Associates audit. It also probably cost Braillard her life.

An electronic database (as was standard in most jails of Maricopa County's size by 2005) would surely have shown Braillard was diabetic and saved her life.

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pbr90
pbr90

Inhumanity has a price tag; in Biblical days, it was called selling your own soul, and those of the souls around you. Today, it is called free trade and is excused because of the nature of the incentive, and the benefits anticipated.

There are no short cuts to morality in commerce as it relies upon fair trade alone, by definition.

Mommy_to_Noah
Mommy_to_Noah

I BLAME JOE ARAPAIO FOR MY FAMILY HAVING SUFFERED FROM MRSA.

My mom, my son (1 1/2 at the time) and myself contracted a virulent strain of MRSA. My mom had been living in a bad area of Maricopa County, AZ (Mesa, AZ) where there were tons of former inmates living and MRSA was rampant. Thanks JOE ARPAIO for fueling a drug-resistant flesh-eating bacterial epidemic from inhumane, unsanitary conditions. I'm so mad right now after reading this article. MRSA is highly contagious and doesn't just stay inside a jail. It colonizes in peoples' noses and crawls out all over the person's skin. It's easily passed from one person to another. And, it can take a person's life. My son went to bed with a 'pimple' and the next morning his whole leg was swollen and my poor toddler couldn't walk. He ran a fever and was showing systematic MRSA infection (that's when it becomes potentially deadly). It was horrific. And it took 6 months of sanitizing, baths in water with bleach added, baths using Hibiclens soap, and bactroban in the nares, for us to test negative to being colonized with this dangerous bacteria.

I blame JOE ARAPAIO. That virulent strain that we contracted came from a crime-ridden area of Arizona. And yes, MRSA easily travels from state to state. My mom had it when I moved her from AZ to CA, and we didn't know what it was. Lo and behold, we soon found out. It was horrific.

Arapaio should be arrested. But we know that won't happen. Here's what needs to be done by Maricopa County Sheriff:1) Improve the medical conditions inside the jail including sanitizing and treating all inmates who have MRSA. Treat with: bactroban in the nose, bath soaks for inmates a cup of bleach added to the water, and draining or even lancing as necessary of MRSA wounds. Until these standard medical protocols are in place, MRSA will run rampant in the community (especially Mesa, AZ), (not just jails).... and yes, it spreads from state to state... I moved my mom from AZ and lo and behold, us Californians contracted a virulent form of MRSA from Maricopa County.

2) There's plenty of crime-ridden areas of Maricopa County (like Mesa). Jeez, why doesn't he do his job and instead of working to torment inmates, he should be working to get rid of the drugs in AZ!!! This man is so confused. And then, not only do inmates suffer but the whole country with a virulent MRSA strain from Maricopa County going around.

Cassandra Lone
Cassandra Lone

I don't care what people might think, but if you treat people like animals, they will act like animals. This man should be brought up on federal charges, not celebrated. He should be ignored, not re-elected. My husband voted on this guy alright-with his feet since he is a felon and cannot vote at all.

I believe in rehabilitation. Putting someone in what is effectively a cage for ten to twenty and just letting them out is a recipe in disaster. Where there are programs, both in and outside of prison for cons, you get less second offenders. It's hard for victims to stomach it, but we are not a nation of vengeance, we are a nation of laws. I myself am a rape victim and I say that if programs will help that monster never do the same to another again, I say go for it.

It's not about being liberal or conservative. It's about sense. Common sense and this... clown has none. Utterly none.

jeff
jeff

Joe Arpiao seems to be a very strict man that only see's black and white. He see's every person who's committed a crime as a hardened criminals and so he throws them in his jails and never looks back. The officers that work there seem to share an even harsher opinion of the inmates in his jails. I completely agree with the saying "If you do the crime you will do the time" but I don't believe that a person that was arrested for driving on a suspended license should be treated the same or even put in the same cell as a person repeatedly committing armed robbery or more serious offenses. I've had first hand experience of how inmates are treated in Joe's jails and it doesn't matter if you are a convicted murderer or awaiting trial for jaywalking, everyone is treated the same. I feel that his tactics are in violation of human and constitutional rights and various mistreatment issues need to be corrected. However, his tactics were very effective on me and after spending some time in his jail, listening to junkies talk about which vein they like to stick their needles in, or having to see homosexuals making out on their bunks; I'll never do anything that could put me back in there again. That is why Joe does it and that is why people support him. Jail isn't supposed to be a happy place. It's a place where people are sent to be punished for breaking the law. I don't support Joe's negligent rule over his jails but I do support the concept of punishment. However, the punishment should fit the crime.

marta
marta

i wanted to say something about being stripped searched by the dike guards in jail i think that bastard should hire women to search the women not dikes who like to look at women asses. and for the zits thats really staff infections yep thats what u get in there.

Jack
Jack

I'm a Canadian who came across the headline by accident. My only previous knowledge of Arpaio is from the puff pieces on Paul Harvey's newscasts. Reading the article, I was appalled; Sheriff Joe's jail sounds like something out of Castro's Cuba. Sheriff Joe should be sentenced to spend time under the conditions that he imposes on others. I'm not a bleeding-heart liberal, but I believe in due process of law, which seems to be absent in too many cases. As Vox Day says, "You can't have a police state without police."

Nathan
Nathan

"If you don't want a staph infection or poor living environment then DON'T BREAK THE LAW."Really? Really? How does a staph infection not qualify as cruel and unusual punishment? Do you believe in the Constitution?This is the sort of thoughtless, heartless person we are dealing with. It's exactly this low instinct that keeps Arpaio in office. How you can lack even this basic level of humanity is beyond me.God I hope you're not a doctor.

Steven Livingston
Steven Livingston

This kind of information makes me ill. It's unfortunate many officers in law enforcement believe they are immune from the laws that you and I are subject to. At this moment in time, I believe that most officers will become corrupt, if not when they first started their careers, at some point down the line. How many officers have lied about the facts, falsly injuring innocent citizens at their expense, just to protect their precious careers. Power corrupts. I apoligize if the following is out of order but I am compelled to state the following: I need information about a Scottsdale police officer

Do you believe that you were treated unfairly in a traffic case involving Officer Rick Royston # 355, of the Scottsdale Police department? I am seeking information about such cases for possible inclusion in a class action suit. If you believe you have relevant information, please send details, including date and citation/case number if possible, to: S. Livingston, P.O.BOX 11401, Scottsdale, AZ 85271-1401. Thank you.

Mary Cogburn
Mary Cogburn

Junior, you complain about Steve's "grammer" when you spelled it wrong!! It is "grammar."You also used the wrong "there", it should have been written "their". You sound ignorant.

~Brandy~
~Brandy~

Go ahead and bitch, whine and complain about the only man in this state with the guts to treat criminals like criminals. If you don't want a staph infection or poor living enviroment then DON'T BREAK THE LAW. If you do break the law you have nobody to blame but yourself if you find yourself in Joe's jail wearing pink underwear and eating green bologna!

I'm so thankful that we have someone here who is not afraid to do what is right and do it the right way. Hopefully he'll get these illegal aliens out of here and gone for good and the rest of the criminals in our valley.

GO JOE!!!!!

Tricia Tafoya
Tricia Tafoya

I just read the insert about the Staph Infections that people get inside the dirty county jails in Arizona!!! My husband was in custoday from July 2004 until September 2004 and was infected with the Staph infection in his leg. Even though we complained and he made numbers of trips to the nurse while there, The MCSO did nothing to help. So in October of 2004 my husband at his perminate home (ASPC-Yuma) was rushed to Yuma Regional hospital for an ambutation of his left leg!!! Luckly his leg was saved and now 3 years later he still has to go to the hospital to get it drained. He is still in ASPC-Yuma and he still has pain! He got the Staph infection in the Durango jail! I thought that jail was suppose to be closed? I rememeber I went to visit my husband there and layinf on their dirty floor was a dead rat!!! A RAT, that the gaurds were just walking around. ARE YOU KIDDING ME!?!?!?!?!?!

Marilyn Smith
Marilyn Smith

Why does Phoenix stand for this animal to care for human beings, when he is not one himself. The government continues to be in charge of these jails. This monster, joe Arpaio, should be put in solitary, never to be heard from again. I hope the poor people that are jailed by that pig, continue to sue the pants off of Phoenix, and I do hope Joey will soon meet his Maker. WHAT A DISGUSTING STORY.

Belinda
Belinda

While I agree that jail was never meant to be pleasant, denying someone food, water, and a bathroom for 28 hours while threatening them if they go against the Sherrif's office is unconstitutional. Stories like this need to be made public and need to reach a wider audience than the new times. Maybe then this guy will stop being re-elected. Great job New Times for printing stories like this.

Peggy
Peggy

Anyone who still supports this lunatic is either as corrupt, immoral and sadistic as he is or has a mental disorder that prevents one from ever admitting they are wrong. And Steve, I hope you go back to Florida. We don't need you here.

Keep up the pressure, New Times. You are 10 times the paper that the Republic is.

junior
junior

steve,you obviously failed grammer,arazona?distric?makeing?that being said,if you do not care about how a prisoner is treated,then you should at least care about the men and women who work in the prison system,who put there lives on the line everyday guarding these people.answer this question.if you beat and mistreat a dog everyday and one day that dog turns on you whose to blame?the same is true for human beings.remember jesus christ was a convict.merry christmas.be

Steve
Steve

OK, you want to write this story and let the public know whats going on, but this is jail. This is what people should look forward to if they go to jail. I noticed that you had put he has got the same return rate as the rest of the country, but you didn't put in there that those people don't return to his jail. The issue with the lawsuites needs to stop, these are just greedy lawyers makeing money. If this guy ran the whole country's prison system America would be a better place. People are not affraid to go to prison today, however they would be if this guy ran the place. Quit your crying, if you want to be a man and do the crime then you need to do the time. I think this guy is great, he runs a prison like it should be ran. It's a shame that you even printed this and would comment about the lawsuites, the lawsuites are going to get him outted and when hes gone crime will rise in Arazona. Arazona will be just like Florida. I have been there and noticed the difference, its not like here. I also have the insight to comment on this after growing up in the Miami Edison School Distric, so please don't think I am clueless...

Kate Keeling
Kate Keeling

I was involved in a mishap in 2001 when i was ill with PTSD and traumatic brain injury. A police officer was inappropriately rough with me, when I was having essentially a psychotic event. I unknowingly punched the cop. I was taken to Madison, restrained in the chair and kept from arrainment by lies that i was suicidal. Utimately, I was severely restrained first in the chair then in 4 points with arms overhead, maced in my eyes, given some type of injection without physician evaluation, not given my medications even though my atty was trying to assure I got them--even if they had to drop them off...for 28 solid hours. No food, water or bathroom. And the whole time I was being told blatant lies about their ability to hold me or send me to mental hosp/jail without cause or hearings. Also I was freezing with no covers, force to go bare foot and only wearing a tank top and cotton trousers.

My atty rec no complaints or actions because, "my life would not be worth living if I went against the sheriffs office. Eventually after some manuevering to allow the police to save face and DA to show they were enforcing "protection of the police," all charges were dropped from record. I am chronically afraid of Police and will never trust the legal system again for me or anyone I know.

I am a professional and well educated with no legal, alcohol or drug history...ever.

Natediddy
Natediddy

Well, Belinda I don't think wearing pink underwear and eating stale bologna sandwiches is a violation of your civil rights. Don't tell me they were denied counsel because you know as well as I do that if that happened, you, Cindy Sheehan, Sean Penn, and everyone else on this blog would protest to high hell and camp outside the guy's friggin house. Would I like it if I were arrested for something I didn't do and blah, blah, blah...Don't be stupid. I see it as making up for their pathetic criminal lifestyle when they didn't get caught before. Why don't you put as much energy into defending the rights of us who are the victims of these thugs, and defending my right to protect myself and my property...Remember, in Texas, WE don't call 911....

Belinda
Belinda

The constitution prohibits cruel and unusual punishment, yet that is what is happening in our jails. For the record, I am not a liberal, but I do believe in the constitution. Arpiao violated peoples rights by witholding legal counsel. How would you like it if you were accused of a crime you didn't commit, and lived in those conditions until your trial date. My bet is you wouldn't have the same heartless attitude you just showed in your comment. It's because of people like you that these human rights abuses are going on right under our nose.

Natediddy
Natediddy

You pathetic liberals make me laugh. I love stopping by these left wing websites to see the latest criminal/terrorist/illegal immigrant coddling ramblings of you clowns. Sheriff Joe gets reelected because everyone is sick of criminals and liberals. "I hope he dies of a heart attack"...comments like these just show the American people that it is liberals who are full of hate. I don't give a fuck if some scumbag has to eat a year- old bologna sandwich. Good! Jail is supposed to be unpleasant, you morons. Frankly, I care less and less everyday of the rights of criminals and terrorists. Hey, WAKE THE FUCK UP....I'm out.

Jim Cozzolino
Jim Cozzolino

Arpaio had plan to arrest 12,000Sheriff Joe Arpaio sent Napolitano his planAssociated PressDec. 23, 2007 12:00 AM

MARICOPA COUNTY � Sheriff Joe Arpaio had a plan to suspend the constitutional provision against illegal detention and to arrest as many as 12,000 residents of Maricopa County he suspected of being personally disloyal to him to set an example, a newly declassified document says.

Arpaio sent his plan to the Governor on July 7, 2007, less than two weeks after the other candidates for sheriff were announced. There is no evidence that the Governor or any previous Governor approved any part of Arpaio�s proposal to house suspect Arizona residents in tent city.

Arpaio had wanted Napolitano to declare the mass arrests necessary to "protect the county against treason, espionage and sabotage that might not get him re-elected," the New York Times reported Saturday in a story posted on its Web site.

The plan called for the FBI to apprehend all potentially dangerous individuals whose names were on a list Arpaio had been compiling for years.

"The index now contains approximately twelve thousand individuals, of which approximately ninety-seven percent are citizens of Maricopa County," Arpaio wrote.

"In order to make effective these apprehensions, the proclamation suspends the writ of habeas corpus."

Habeas corpus is the right to seek relief from illegal detention and is a basic of U.S. law.

All apprehended individuals eventually would have had the right to a hearing under Arpaio's plan, but hearing boards made from Arpaio�s hand picked Goon Squad would not have been bound by the rules of evidence.

��..Like I said, the story could have been easily about Arpaio

Erika Page
Erika Page

Joe Arpaio has in his office more than 70,000 warrants agains criminals with felony charges like murders, sexual assaulting and more and the worst thing is that he is spending taxpayers money chasing day laborers, taco and corn vendors..Sick of his propaganda...wasting the resources in the real criminals...I cant wait next year elections...

junior
junior

john,best article yet on the inhumane treatment at the hands of sheriff joke.you need to send a copy of this to nickle-bags lackey at cnn lou dobbs,as well as every federal agency including the u.s. marshall,s service.how many more people must die before this scumbag is brought to justice?

Jim Cozzolino
Jim Cozzolino

Found this on the Arizona Repulsive today and thought the were talking about Arpaio.

Hoover had plan to arrest 12,000FBI chief sent Truman plan as Korea War beganAssociated PressDec. 23, 2007 12:00 AM

http://www.azcentral.com/arizo...

WASHINGTON - Ex-FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover had a plan to suspend the constitutional provision against illegal detention and to arrest as many as 12,000 Americans he suspected of being disloyal, a newly declassified document says.

Hoover sent his plan to the White House on July 7, 1950, less than two weeks after the Korean War began. There is no evidence that President Truman or any subsequent president approved any part of Hoover's proposal to house suspect Americans in military and federal prisons.

Hoover had wanted Truman to declare the mass arrests necessary to "protect the country against treason, espionage and sabotage," the New York Times reported Saturday in a story posted on its Web site.

The plan called for the FBI to apprehend all potentially dangerous individuals whose names were on a list Hoover had been compiling for years.

"The index now contains approximately twelve thousand individuals, of which approximately ninety-seven percent are citizens of the United States," Hoover wrote.

"In order to make effective these apprehensions, the proclamation suspends the writ of habeas corpus."

Habeas corpus is the right to seek relief from illegal detention and is a basic of U.S. law.

All apprehended individuals eventually would have had the right to a hearing under Hoover's plan, but hearing boards would not have been bound by the rules of evidence.

The details of Hoover's plan were among Cold War-era documents related to intelligence issues from 1950-1955. The State Department declassified the documents on Friday.

Jim Cozzolino
Jim Cozzolino

And that is truly the worst and saddest part of it all.You sumed it up perfectly...

>>but it doesn't matter: idiot Maricopa County voters will reelect Arpaio over the illegal alien issue.Absolutely disgusting.Comment by sucks � December 22, 2007 @ 09:07PM

sucks
sucks

The New Times is fighting the good fight--has been for years--but it doesn't matter: idiot Maricopa County voters will reelect Arpaio over the illegal alien issue.

Absolutely disgusting.

DMS
DMS

I know of a case where an old man who was diabetic was allowed to die without medical care. The other inmates asked the staff for help and got nothing. The man was in a wheel chair when he was booked due to his illness, so they knew of his problems. I would tell you where I work, but I would be fired. You can guess.

Donna Downing
Donna Downing

In my perfect world the sheriff will be tried, convicted and sentenced to spend the rest of his life in his own jail and made to face the wrath of victims and their families. He will be paid $1.00/hr. for working 16 hours a day, 7 days a week ridding the facility of vermin with industrial-strength disinfectants without protective clothing. All his earnings will be returned to a taxpayer reimbursement fund. Additionally, he will wear pink tutus in public, eat cockroach-infested bologna sandwiches, be bitten by a spider and left to languish without medical attention.

This article needs to be headlined throughout all print and electronic media. Maricopa County voters should reexamine their value system.

Jim Cozzolino
Jim Cozzolino

Yes, this is what happens in a Police State run by Nazi's.....and they continue to get away with it all.

>>Do Phoenix authorities, taking cues from Arpaio, believe they can do as they please to whomever they target, with nary a care for legal consequences?

Dr. Paul Vincent Zecchino
Dr. Paul Vincent Zecchino

Welcome to dark side of law enforcement. Kudos to The Phoenix for boldly standing up to Judicial Terrorism.

Isn't Phoenix the locale in which Betsy Ann Gotbaum was killed by airport safety goons? To make it all right, officals smeared her good name and made it her fault. Do Phoenix authorities, taking cues from Arpaio, believe they can do as they please to whomever they target, with nary a care for legal consequences?

The Phoenix victory over and revelations regarding Arpaio's costly reign of Judicial Terrorism will hopefully be a revelation to those who rest their heads upon the altar of Law 'n Order.

Dr. Paul Vincent Zecchino Manasota Key, Florida 22 December, 2007

C.T. Black
C.T. Black

I am native of Phoenix. I've followed New Times for over a decade. I know more about Joe Arpaio's inept, incompetent, ignorant, inexcusable ass than I ever wanted to. But I have no choice. This guy whores himself out to the local channels anytime he feels he's relevant to ANY thing. This time it's illegal aliens. He's constantly in our faces. Constantly. The people of Maricopa County are fed up with this poor excuse for a man. The waste of skin and bones...this waste of life. Do you want to know why he keeps getting re-elected? Glad you asked: polls for local elections are usually held from morning to just a few hours after dinner. The only people who have the energy and the interest to go to the polls are usually the retired and the snow-bird/half-a-years. The people who actually still work for a living, are either too tired..or get home too late, or go to work around the start time of the polls can NOT. And most jobs simply REFUSE to allow anyone to miss time to vote. I think that's part of the conspiracy against legally registered voters. American citizens. Arizonans. You KNOW who's getting to the polls now. Everybody I know is sick of this pompous, cruel, criminally-insane asshole. I say...this time around, if you're REALLY serious about voting his sorry ass out of office. Make Election Day a sick day. And get your ass in that booth. I know I'm going to. Talk without action, is simply inaction. I'M sick of whining about conditions in my county, city, and state. I've made plans to DO something about it. I suggest..strongly...everybody else attempt to do the same.

j
j

Although not in line with this piece, here's a great story...

I got a DUI in 2004 in West Mesa Justice Court. Not bad...a .10 on a Breathalyzer, so it's very defendable. Anyhow, the case lumbered thru the Justice court system until November of 2007, at which time, the case was "dropped" and the County Attorney, thru a motion declared that they "were refiling case as a felony". This is 3 weeks after I signed onto the "Recall Thomas and Arpaio" petition that has been circulating. So now I get to go to court, charged with a felony, for a case that's the State couldnt prove in Justice court as a misdemeanor in the first place. What country is this?? Turkey??!!

Laine Lawless
Laine Lawless

I'd heard many negative things about Arpaio for years, and what you've exposed, in detail, in truly shocking. I know the New Times has a hard-on for Arpaio, but if you can document every thing in the article, it's morally reprehensible for Arpaio to run this kind of a jail, and just plain stupid management. It seems no one in this country cares about who's in jail until it's someone they know or themselves. The attitude is, "they're all garbage, they're getting what they deserve!" when you have rightly pointed out that the vast majority of them are awaiting trial for ALLEGED crimes. Someone who has been deprived of their freedom is legally entitled to a safe and healthy environment. The out-of-control pest problems, coupled with lack of proper health care and the rampage of MRSA should be enough to SHUT MC jails down. I've thought for years that Joe's "tent city" along with the conditions in it, constituted cruel and unusual punishment, and I've wondered if his recidivism rate was any better than the norm. Now I know my suspicions were correct. I had a friend who was falsely arrested in Tucson and spent a few days in jail without his medication. He's an epileptic, and had several seizures. Boy, will he have a juicy lawsuit (not that the PD chief there cares, but he survived)! Any viable opponent who can run against Joe and who can run the jails properly without incurring justifiable lawsuits will get my vote in the next election.

Jim Cozzolino
Jim Cozzolino

Welcome to the County of idiots, old fucks, and those that have their heads firmly planted up their asses.

>>How does this fuckstick Arpaio get re-elected every year? Are the people of Phoenix that vote for this pig of a human being so myopic and puritan that they can't see that they're being taken for a ride?

kirk nelson
kirk nelson

And to think, there are those who think this clown of a sheriff is actually doing a good job. HELL NO. Once again this are individuals who are still awaiting trial to determine their guilt or innocense. Yet some have been given a premature death penalty. Also keep in mind there are some who are incarcerated lost in this terrible sentence. My 19 yr old step daughter was accused of the crime of dining and dashing, not paying her Denny's bill. A terrible decision, but not one that should kept her incarcerated for two weeks without a court date. After placing many calls, I was finally able to get one of the jail staffersd to admit that a mistake was made and that should have been released after 72 hours. their response was Oops, "Somebody" dropped the ball. I say its time we drop Joe and Candy Andy.

Chris
Chris

How does this fuckstick Arpaio get re-elected every year? Are the people of Phoenix that vote for this pig of a human being so myopic and puritan that they can't see that they're being taken for a ride? Over $41 million in lawsuits and the time and money that this fuck wastes trying to make his image look squeaky clean should be enough alone to get him thrown out of office. Jesus H. Christ Phoenix! Wake the fuck up!!!

amandaG
amandaG

As a medical professional this story is very disheartening. I believe in punishing crimanals but I can in NO way condone the withholding of medical treatment. Sheriff Joe is arrogant and needs to be put out of the business of cruelty. These people are exactly that- PEOPLE! Look at the uproar caused by the death of the police dog Bandit(?) If we are willing to go to hell and back to protect our animals shouldnt we extend that same outrage to humans as well? What some people seem to forget is that while they are criminals they are still parents,brothers, sisters, children, etc. This is inhumane. If we were to hear about these conditions somewhere else we would act immediately to end the cruelty. Not to mention that we are in effect participants of this cruelty, unwilling or not, because our TAXES fund this abuse. We have so many laws relating to abuse of patients yet this has been allowed to continue. This is WRONG! What happened to patients rights? Or for that matter constitutional rights? I wonder how Old Joe would feel if he or one of his family members contracted MRSA due to the poor conditions of his jail. I wonder how self-righteous he would be then? We as a people need to step up and say NO MORE ABUSE! After all these preventable illnesses/injuries/deaths Joe should be behind those bars! The man is on a power trip from hell. What can we do to put this man out of office?

disgusted
disgusted

i am absolutely mortified by the stories that i read in this article and the inhuman treatment of people who weren't even convicted of felonies. anyone who supports the sheriff joke is supporting this gross treatment. even though some of the inmates do not deserve things like tv, a gym, etc, they also do not deserve to be treated this way if they haven't even been convicted of things like murder or of the sorts. i cannot believe this.

Steve
Steve

Joe is a joke, plain and simple. Any normal person would be locked up for years for the crimes that he's comitted. It's sad to see him get away with the pain that he has caused so many people. Everyone needs to vote and take this guy out of office so that this shit stops happening. Everyone complains but we're the only ones that can change it.

Jim Cozzolino
Jim Cozzolino

What does that have to do with the story that was written ?Why is that some people can't see the forest through the tree's ?

The story is not about Immigration or illegal�s. It's about Bozo Joke's continuing abuse of power, inhumanity and what he's cost and costing Maricopa County Tax payers.

I know it might be hard for you, but try and focus on the subject and not divert from the facts being reported.

Jim Cozzolino
Jim Cozzolino

>>These ilegals request for amnesty are totally racist

Bettybb
Bettybb

These ilegals request for amnesty are totally racist.

1. Our immigration law has a base line of family reunification with roughly proportional number of places for Americans of the various races and ethnic backgrounds.

2. Amnesty would be approximately 90% Hispanic.

3. Amnesty would give a HUGE PREFERENCE to Hispanics over other Americans with respect to family reunification and bringing in their race and ethnic group. This is DISCRIMINATION. Americans are entitled to EQUAL PROTECTION OF THE LAW.

4. Amnesty would give a HUGE PREFERENCE ot Hispanics over other Americans with respect to the ability to take advantage of the amnesty for their family and ethnic group, as Mexico is next door. Other Americans have to get their family here on expensive flights, somehow escape through the airport etc - much more difficult. And even Latinos who are not Mexico have trouble getting in as they get stopped at the Mexican border. THIS IS DISCRIMINATION. Americans are entitled to EQUAL PROTECTION OF THE LAW.

5. Amnesty would give a HUGE PREFERENCE to Hispanics over other Americans / LEGAL IMMIGRANTS as Legal Immigrants have to meet much more difficult conditions, ie medical, learn USA history, background check, and presumably no felony. Any illegal in the USA working is probably guilty of ID theft, a felony and should never be admitted to the USA.. This is DISCRIMINATION. Americans are entitled to EQUAL PROTECTION OF THE LAW.

6. Politicians want it in order to increase their voting block, which is RACIST AND violates the EQUAL PROTECTION OF THE LAW CLAUSE.

AMNESTY IS RACIST, VIOLATES THE CONSTITUTION, & THE EQUAL PROTECTION CLAUSE

Some one should sue the illegals and their supporters and their countries for the 25 billion a year they are costing the USA taxpayer.

P
P

Wrong, just wrong.

Jim Cozzolino
Jim Cozzolino

When you read this story, I would imagine anyone with an ounce of morals, ethic's or compassion would be sick to their stomach. I know I am.

It just amazes me that this ASSHOLE Arapio continues to get away with this.

Maricopa County and Arizona Policticans in general suck. How do they live with themselves knowing this is going on and do nothing to stop such torture and abuse.

I hope they all rot in hell.

Jim Cozzolino
Jim Cozzolino

Unbelievable.Why can't Bozo Joke Arpaio just have a heart attack and die.It's what he deserves.

Ldysmth44
Ldysmth44

I just happen to stumble upon hthese readings about Joe Arpiao and all that he has done and I can't even phantom the idea of making any suggestions concerning him and how he could do his job better. It is obvious to me that this man is to a total pyschopath. he should not even be in the postion that he is in. His is inhuman and incapable of remorse or compassion for anyone other than himself. I hope that by now, he has been removed and prosecuted. He is a disgrace to the human race.

tinkerbelly
tinkerbelly

@Natediddy  I agree with you.  I don't think they should be subjected to those staph infections and that kind of thing.  I would be amazed they haven't received sympathetic help by now from some organization, regarding their civil rights and etc.  The pink, stale bread (not moldy), only books like english, grammar and that kind of thing.  No legal crap.  Just things that help them from day to day.   Play Silly Songs with Larry, The wheels on the bus go round and round and etc....  :)  The pink everything is an excellent idea.  It's hard to make those look too studley.  If people could defend themselves, and the system had an actual punishment that worked, our jails and prisions wouldn't be filled to the brim.  It often begins at home.  And we're not allowed to talk mean or to discipline the kids.  So then what?  Exactly what we have.  A total lack of respect for anyone or anything, and not one ounce of regret, because there are no real consequences.  And most lack empathy.  That's scary.  I've lived in AK and now TX.  I appreciate that it's more old fashioned and you're able to adequately discipline your own children.  Respect is big here in TX.  It's not like it was when I lived in Oregon.  That was horrible.  They are spoiled kids for sure.  Many of them anyway.  I'm generalizing, for sure.  But it's the concepts.  They should have only the very basics in jail.  But no disease or true maltreatment.  I would love to design one and implement a good system.  One I wouldn't mind my own kids having to endure, but nothing like many of the jails or prisons now.  The prisons especially.  

 
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