By Ray Stern
By Ray Stern
By New Times
By Amy Silverman
By Stephen Lemons
By Stephen Lemons
By Monica Alonzo
By Chris Parker
Addicts deserve humane care, too: This is just awful! Just because you are in jail doesn't mean you don't deserve medical treatment and [you should be] ignored. And being a drug addict doesn't make you a criminal — it is a sickness ("What's Mom Worth?" Michael Lacey, December 9).
You may do criminal things as an addict, but you still deserve to be seen [by doctors] if you have a medical condition. Jail/prison is supposed to rehabilitate people so they can rejoin society not treat them like caged animals.
Dona Riles, Phoenix
Enough is enough: It's been more than obvious for many years now that Joe Arpaio and his goons [couldn't] care less how many people they kill, hurt, or maim.
It's time they start suffering the consequences of their actions. They have gotten away with murder long enough.
Jim Cozzolino, Peoria
Jailers afraid to do what's right: Michael Lacey's article is a journalistic indictment of Joe Arpaio's cruelty. Reading this, anybody can see the top-down nature of cruelty in his jails. His jailers are afraid to treat anybody humanely.
It's time for this to stop, along with so much else regarding the evil, old scumbag. Where are the feds? They have been investigating Arpaio for years, and still nothing.
Tom Hull, Phoenix
Hell awaits Joe: There is a special place in Hell reserved for Joe "The Murderer" Arpaio and his minions at the Sheriff's Office, [including] all those demented detention monsters at the jail.
Teo Bueno, Tucson
Civilized cities would've stopped this by now: This story is sickening! How can human beings treat another like this? This story is right out of Nazi Germany.
How Arpaio and his SS men survive year after year with stuff like this going down is amazing. In any civilized place, like Chicago or New York (never thought I'd be calling those places "civilized"), he would have been indicted and thrown in prison a decade ago.
I hope Deborah Braillard's family gets many millions of dollars, even though I know it comes out of we taxpayers' pockets.
Ned Taylor, Tucson
Believe it, Jack: Wow, hard to believe that [the Deborah Braillard case] happened in the United States of America.
Jack Harrington, city unavailable
We do, too, Michelle: Fortunately, [Deborah Braillard] had loved ones who were able to get [her story] out to the public.
So many times, inmates die with no loved ones; therefore, no one ever hears about it and thinks that everything is just hunky-dory over there in jail, that Sheriff Joe is actually doing his job.
I hope, in my lifetime, I see this man and all his goons get what they deserve.
Michelle Gyder, city unavailable
Heartless jailers: The people who work at Estrella Jail are heartless. Being locked in that disgusting place is punishment enough without having to be victimized by the psychologically defective detention officers and staff.
What right do they have to allow such inhumane treatment of people?
Michelle Spegar, city unavailable
Worse than imaginable: You don't ever want to know what goes on in the [MCSO] jail system — it's so much more than anyone could fathom!
Myree Manes, city unavailable
Joe's killing Arizona!: Something needs to be done with Joe Arpaio. To put it bluntly, he's killing Arizona!
Too many people have died under Arpaio and his goons. So what if these people are in jail; they are still human. People make mistakes. We are not perfect. But paying for those mistakes with your life?
Who the hell made Joe Arpaio judge and jury? That man is all about himself, so in no way should he be in charge of anyone, not even inmates. I don't believe there are any good people who work in his jail, because, to me, if you work for Joe, you're just another one of his puppets.
When are the people who can get him out going to get a backbone and do it? How many more deaths and millions of dollars is it going to take? Open your eyes, people, Joe Arpaio is rotten to the core!
Diane Girk, city unavailable
We're doomed: Joe Arpaio, [Arizona Senate President-elect] Russell Pearce, [former County Attorney] Andrew Thomas, [Governor] Jan Brewer: what a cabal of reprehensible characters.
It is hard for me to believe that Phoenix is the fifth-largest city in the country and not some Third World banana dictatorship. Mothers dying in jail, citizens dying because state insurance is cut off. We're doomed.
Sali Olson, city unavailable
How could jailers be so "criminal"?: After reading this account, I find myself asking how any group of individuals placed in charge of others could be so totally criminal in not following the most basic human instinct — [helping] someone in need.
It seems that the guards and other staff members in charge at the jail, along with Sheriff Arpaio, surely must be held accountable for their behavior.
Because of voters like this guy: I moved to Phoenix because of Sheriff Joe! I left that fucked-up extension of Mexico formerly known as California. Why don't all you bleeding-heart losers go there!