As this newspaper has reported time and again, cruelty comes with a price tag. Over the two-decade span that Arpaio has been sheriff, wrongful deaths and other jail-related torts have cost taxpayers more than $50 million in legal fees, settlements, and awards.

In the case of Deborah Braillard's untimely demise, it's already cost the county $1.8 million in legal fees. And that was before the civil trial in Braillard v. Maricopa County began this month.

After it's over, it will cost us far more.

It cost Jennylee Braillard her mother and Jennylee's baby girl her grandma.

As Village Voice Executive Editor Michael Lacey recounted in a 2010 cover story ("What's a Mom Worth?" December 9), Braillard, a diabetic, was arrested in 2005 on a minor drug-possession charge.

For four days, fellow inmates watched in horror as the 46-year-old Braillard, denied her insulin, slipped into a diabetic coma, as she moaned in pain, begged for help, vomited, and soiled herself repeatedly.

Other inmates demanded she be tended to, but the MCSO guards told them, "She's getting what she deserves," and, "This is jail . . . Get over it."

These goons, both male and female, thought Braillard was in withdrawal from a controlled substance. Never mind that she could have died that way, as well. But she wasn't coming off anything: Tests later showed she was drug-free.

By the time officials, spurred on by Braillard's daughter, moved her to the hospital, it was too late. Eighteen agonizing days later, her internal organs shut down and her body bloated by fluids, Braillard died, just as surely as if she'd been pummeled and Tased like Marty Atencio.

Just as Charles Agter, Scott Norberg, and Clint Yarbrough were offed in restraint chairs by MCSO thugs; just as Phillip Wilson and Brian Crenshaw were beaten to death, the former by members of the Aryan Brotherhood, the latter by MCSO guards.

I'm out of space before I'm out of names of those who were unfortunate enough to die in Arpaio's dungeons or his Tent City "concentration camp" (his words, not mine).

"Thank you, Sheriff Joe?" Please.

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pp_sheeba
pp_sheeba

if you notice it was posted days before they found out it was friendly fire.. It was sad.. Oh by the way they did catch the drug dealers that they shot at...

pp_sheeba
pp_sheeba

I know.. If you look at the date of my posting it was before they knew it was friendly fire.....

pp_sheeba
pp_sheeba

THIS IS WHY ARE LAWS ARE HARDER THAN OTHER STATES... DO YOU GET TRUTHSEEKER>>>

One U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent was killed and another wounded after they were shot early Tuesday while checking a motion sensor near the Arizona-Mexico border, according to the Department of Homeland Security.

A CBP official said that 30-year-old Nicholas Ivie died after the agents encountered gunfire around 1:50 a.m. near Naco.

Complete CoverageEXCLUSIVE COVERAGE:Arizona's Broken Border5 INVESTIGATES: 24 Hours at the BorderRELATED: Stories on border patrol agent Brian TerryRELATED: Coverage on Operation Fast and FuriousPDF: DOJ's full report on Operation Fast and FuriousRELATED: Immigration NewsSLIDESHOW: Brian Terry station in wake of shootingSLIDESHOW: CBS 5 Investigates' special reports "24 Hours at the Border" 

 

SLIDESHOW: 4 men wanted by FBI in agent Brian Terry's death (7/9/12)

 

Both agents worked out of the Brian Terry station in the Tucson sector. The shooting occurred on State Route 80 about seven miles east of Bisbee, according to Carol Capas of the Cochise County Sheriff's Office, one of two investigating agencies.

The wounded agent was flown to a hospital with injuries to his lower extremities that were not life-threatening, according to Capas. A third agent in the area was not injured, Capas said.

Capas said the agents were walking up a hill to investigate the triggered sensor, indicating something that was moving across the area, when they took on the gunfire. Capas said it was not known if the agents returned fire but that they were able to radio in they were under fire.

The FBI and Cochise County Sheriff's Office are leading the investigation and search for suspects.

Terry was a U.S. Border Patrol agent killed in a December 2010 firefight with a group of armed Mexican bandits just north of the Arizona-Mexico border.

Two guns found at the scene were bought by a member of a gun smuggling ring that was being monitored in the government's botched gun smuggling probe known as Operation Fast and Furious.

It has been a devastating week for Cochise County law enforcement. Sheriff Larry Dever was killed in a one-car crash on Sept. 18 as he was headed to meet family in northern Arizona for a camping and hunting trip.

"You know we haven't completely processed today yet, but ... it's just been devastating for us," Capas said. "Our biggest concern right now is for the Border Patrol agents, their families and the people that they work with directly. Our hearts go out to them. We understand how difficult of a time this can be."

"You know, we have such a vast amount of land to cover from our department's standpoint with 86 sworn officers, and that includes our administration, Border Patrol is an integral part of assisting us whenever we need backup on any type of call that we have, specifically when we are in the remote areas," Capas said. "So it's very difficult for us right now."

 

pp_sheeba
pp_sheeba

I fed the fuel and was wondering  how many fish i could hook....... Looks like i got my catch for a week! LOL.. It has been fun messing with you minds!

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

Wake up people. This is Arizona, leaders in torture, abuse and cruel and unusual punishment.  Two decades of Arpaio's culture. What does this say about the "compassionate conservatives" Bush talked about that drive the state of Arizona?  Hypocrites ALL.  This film is disgusting. Arpaio should put this in his ads.

 

Torture in American prisons - YouTube  Take the time to watch Arpaio's jails. Arizona led the way.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IWxpQ87C4t4

 

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

Sunbelt Justice: Arizona and the Transformation of American Punishment - Mona Lynch

http://www.sup.org/book.cgi?id=17521 

 

"In the late 20th century, the United States experienced an incarceration explosion. Over the course of twenty years, the imprisonment rate quadrupled, and today more than than 1.5 million people are held in state and federal prisons. Arizona's Department of Corrections came of age just as this shift toward prison warehousing began, and soon led the pack in using punitive incarceration in response to crime. Sunbelt Justice looks at the development of Arizona's punishment politics, policies, and practices, and brings to light just how and why we have become a mass incarceration nation."

 

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6533541-accidental-felons

 

Accidental Felonsby Daniel Horne  (wake up people this could happen to you)  

 

Maricopa County is a place where first-time DUI offenders can find themselves facing thirty years in prison, where parents can find themselves woken up in the middle of the night, their bedroom filled with armed men and drawn guns, their home being invaded after the County Attorney suspects their child of viewing porn. The sheriff s challenger in the last election woke up one morning to find himself defending allegations that he had raped his mother. And, the prior County Attorney, a Conservative Republican, ran television ads asking people to vote for the Democratic challenger of the existing County Attorney.

 

Sheriff Joe Arpaio and County Attorney Andrew Thomas are the two most controversial lawmen in the United States today. They both reside in Maricopa County, Arizona, where their respective departments are fraught with lawsuits and investigations of wrongdoing all at taxpayer expense. Yet they remain defiant that their ultra-rightwing form of Western justice is what the American people want.

 

This story takes you through the heart-wrenching experience of one suburban family s tragic encounter with Maricopa County justice soon after having their second baby. It shows how the Maricopa County Prosecutor abuses mandatory minimum sentencing to manufacture violent criminals out of ordinary citizens, and it exposes the dangerous truth about Sheriff Arpaio s infamous Tent City found nowhere else."

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ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

The truth of Arizona's mass industrial prison complex driven by an out of control sheriff who is misleading the public... get informed.

 

http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/20120604arizonas-prisons-deadlier-than-most.html

 

 "Arizona's prisons deadlier than most

 

by Bob Ortega - Jun. 5, 2012 11:18 PM The Republic | azcentral.com

excerpt:

"At least seven Arizona inmates have been murdered over the past two years, a prison-homicide rate more than double the national average, an Arizona Republic investigation shows.  

 

The killings have occurred amid rising violence behind bars. Between fiscal 2009 and 2011, as the state's prison population rose by less than 6 percent, inmate-on-inmate assaults jumped 90 percent, to 1,478, and assaults on corrections staff rose 18 percent, to 362.

 

 Arizona prison inmate deaths

 

The Republic investigation found two common threads in a majority of the killings: inmates housed with violent cell mates and inmates targeted by groups or gangs.

Among the victims was Eduardo Martinez, 51, who was beaten to death in the Yuma state prison in December, reportedly by the same men who six months earlier had assaulted him at the Florence state prison."

 

pp_sheeba
pp_sheeba

Oh i know her and her family.. She was bad looking.. I'm glad he picked her... The comments i read about her.... It proves you should do some back ground searching before speaking... Glad she got help by Joe!  If you look at tent city.. there is a vacancy sign.. lol.. It like a hotel.. lol.. but this hotel keeps you tell you pay your dues! you get a choice in tent city. you can sit there do your time or choose Joe drug program....  I hate to say it.. there are other States that could use tent cities to.. it would cut the crime down a whole lot... I have no compassion for criminals.. all of you that do. Should remember.. For a fact all they  are allowed by geneva convention.. Is a toothbrush, toilet paper, soap, and razor. Minimal medical.. time to treat them as such.. Criminals..  but we have boohoo bleeding heart liberals that have made it so inmates now get better Medical care ( organ transplants included ), better education, food, and yet they feel like their lives are hell.. then when they get out and can't get the luxury stuff they had in jail.. they do a harder crime so they get longer time.... they even get the top dental care who would want to live outside their.. when they want something they whine and congress and the bleeding hearts.. It's time to get tough... Screw the families that come here and are worried about there babies in jail here why did you come here to the USA.. because the Jails and prisons are ten times worse than are...  We have spoiled prisoners in are country.. time to make their time hell.. Isn't that what jail and prison is for.. to make you never want to commit that crime again!    

 

 

george13
george13

Sounds to me like this author is just sour grapes........you go JOE

 

drumsforjesus
drumsforjesus

I graduated ALPHA in 2002 - Been clean and sober now for ten years. The tents is where I got my introduction to God and CA / AA, and it was in ALPHA where I actually realized the desparity of my adiction. I now am a religious volunteer at tent city and facilitate a church service there on Tuesdays. Further, I know MANY who have found recovery in the jails in Maricpoa County. I currently run a successful HVAC company in Phoenix, and I have been given a greater life than I could ever imagine. I can't say that the credit goes to Shreiff Joe, but instead to God, but he sure di use ol' Joe to save my butt! - I submit to you, Mr. Lemons, that perhaps you should do some research into the PEOPLE involved here. The program of custody support volunteers is Joe's program, but it is the people that volunteer that are making the impact. I find it insulting that you suggest that "Randall" may not ever have been an addict. If you would like to meet for lunch sometime, I would be happy to share my experience with you - and I have PROOF of bad it was for me then and how good it is for me now. If I were a journalist, I would jump at the chance to get some real insight into a story that interests me. I was an inmate therte for seven months, and I KNOW!

tommy
tommy

Joe does a job that none of the commentators are capable of. If you do not like him vote. But please keep your mouth shut about rumors you propagate.

twelvestepreaper
twelvestepreaper

For many, a stint in jail is required to get off drugs; often these addicts are truly grateful for being locked up as it results in getting their lives back.

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

And they wonder why businesses and people want to leave Arizona.... The power behind the media "puppets" Arizona's puppetiers put out there. Wake up people, you're being redirected, masking Arizona's reality -- a "prison" state. Who puts people into prison?  The police / the prosecutors and bad lawyers and their team of enablers.

 

Locking up profits - Opinion - Al Jazeera English

 

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2011/11/20111127105458655442.html

goodguess
goodguess

well, even for old feeble joe these new ads are wading in deep bullshit....we already knew he was a liar and a blow hard and needs a shampoo, but geez you old pathetic creep you must really be feeling the heat from penzone, after all is this the same joe who said so many times he doesnt care what anyone thinks of him, he is DOING HIS JOB AS HE SEES FIT......remember this fellow voters, you cant always believe what Joe SAYS, but you can ALWAYS believe what Joe DOES....follow the money, ask the real question: Are you receiving good value for your tax dollars?   Didnt think so.

wachale
wachale

Hey Machete wants to give you a bear hug too, Arpy. He told me he's looking for you. He said "if chu see Arpy tell him, MACHETE, MACHETE, MACHETE!"

tomphrey1
tomphrey1

Oh, boy, you comsoclibprogs are at it again.  Being on the side of criminals, you have to scream at their nemesis.  Sheriff Joe's my guy.  You go, Joe!

ReggieVV
ReggieVV

Just when you think Arpaio cannot get anymore disgusting, he tops all his other nonsense. Surely there is some 51% in Maricopa County that can see thru his crapola?

godhatesdems
godhatesdems

All the kicking and screaming and racist remarks will not keep old Joe from being elected.

andre-leonard
andre-leonard

The people have spoken at the ballot box for 6 elections now. They say the same thing. Joe Arpiao. I think some folks have seen the light and turned themselves around after going through the Maricopa County Jail, there are programs for inmates who want to change.

 

It should be remembered, no one is in jail for singing to loud in church. Some folks hit rock bottom, go to jail and turn it around. Others are repeat customers by their own admission. Inmates like most people are not perfect, they make mistakes, some people learn from their mistakes when a better way is shown. Sometimes that occurs in jail.

 

I am disappointed that the federal government spent 4 years and countless millions of dollars on an investigation that went no-where. There final report seems to lay waste to all the folks who were ready to crucify MCSO

 

Joe Arpiao, may not be perfect, but he exists by the popular will and vote of the people.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows

Will the Clown Sheriff agree to a debate in this election?  He can get Russ Pearce and Candy Thomas as his "practice" debaters, as neither have jobs, thanks in part to Joke himself!

anonymous
anonymous

The citizens of Maricopa County ARE incredibly stupid when it comes to...well, everything!

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

Arpaio has created jobs for lawyers, who he has made obscenely rich. Why would any of them want to stop the gravy train?  

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

i love how his tent city ad claims "most citys let criminals out if their jails are too full, i dont do that"  YET ANOTHER LIE!!!!!!  name me one city that does that, and i want proof!!!  thats all this man does is LIE!!

ccdiane
ccdiane

 @pp_sheeba The Border Patrol agents shot each other. It's tragic, but there were no Mexicans involved.

errolmcinnes
errolmcinnes

 @truthseekeraz Arpiao still leads the way in the abuse, torture, neglect, and summary execution of it's inmates, many of them not convicted. Anyone who has any kind of medical condition that is medicine dependent can pretty much count on getting your final affairs in order before going into Arpaio's jail,as there is a chance that they may decide to neglect you to death. They have not changed policy one since the documentary, and continue using the chair, including the torturous practice of sitting the inmate down, then leaning the inmate forward so the inmate can no longer breathe.Sadly Arpiao will win the next election, and everyone who voted for Arpiao will love him until he executes one of their relatives, probably for a minor traffic offense or shoplifting.

 

errolmcinnes
errolmcinnes

 @pp_sheeba You might want to keep in mind that you don't necessarily have to commit a crime to end up in Joe's correctional system. Just fall in his bad side, or get profiled by his deputies, and you can find yourself in his jail, and if the conditions are right, you can find yourself on his execution list. It is one thing to be detained awaiting conviction or sentencing. It is another to be executed for shoplifting. If you take issue with my statement about being executed for shoplifting, might want to take a look. Inmates who were awaiting appearance before a judge have ended up dead before a judge even adjudicated the case.

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

The U.S. is the #1 Jailer in the world. The only one with the barbaric Death Penalty of the civilized nations. The death rate of inmates in Arizona has more than doubled under this governor and ADC director. Unnecessary deaths that will result in wrongful death lawsuits that will waste millions of tax $$'s. Your tax $$'s? Don't believe you are a taxpayer anyone with your ignorant comment.

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

 @twelvestepreaper wrong. wasting millions of taxpayer $$'s when they need treatment NOT costly incarceration ($$'s for the profiteers -- pink underwear, vending machines, inmate collect calls, bobble heads, armored tanks, luxury Penthouse offices in the Wells Fargo Bank building underwriting the private prison corporations and on and on.

Tommy_Collins
Tommy_Collins

 @tomphrey1

 Because someone opposes the unprofessional, corrupt, and criminal behavior of the MCSO shurf you deem them to "being on the side of criminals"? Hmmmm... you must be a posse member waiting on your knees in line for a promotion to "Hawaiian Detective", that newest rank accorded to those with the strongest ability to defy gravity....

croft53
croft53

 @ReggieVV  Sadly the only people who vote in maricopa county are the old people. I suppose we will continue to vote him in til the nasty creep dies....

QstionEvythng
QstionEvythng

 @godhatesdems Genesis 1:27, "So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them"

savatage69
savatage69

Sometimes a child gets molested, then the sheriff redirects investigators to getting after brown people instead of helping that child, and the child is left to fend for him or herself. Somtimes that happens over 400 times. But that's OK with you, right? You still would say he's doing a fine job. Joe's got the child molester vote locked up, that's for sure.

Tommy_Collins
Tommy_Collins

 @WhoKnows

 No, he won't 'debate'. He only talks TO people, not with people. He also has no depth of knowledge upon which to rely should he actually have to think about a cogent question presented to him and other candidates. Such as, "What can be done to use monetary and human resources better within MCSO so as to put more officers and deputies in positions where they can be most effective"?

 

His answer would simply be, "I don't recall".

tomphrey1
tomphrey1

 @anonymous

 And you comsoclibprogs call names because you have no cogent argument.

Tommy_Collins
Tommy_Collins

 @danzigsdaddy

 Zigs, other jurisdictions allow reduced sentences at the direction of the courts and the ciy and county jails must comply. The Maricopa Superior Court has the authority to do so, as well, but may be intimidated by the shurf since MCSO realizes some serious money from state and federal funding for each person per day who is being held in our jails in Maricopa County. The old man is seriously mentally ill and applies his own brand and definition of "law" as he sees fit. It's well past time for him to stain his dentures with the grass from his favority pasture, in Massachusetts. If they will let him in, without credentials of course.

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

 @danzigsdaddy His TV ad is deceptive and misleading, in that it shows inmates  in "orange" state issue -- that California state prisoners wear. Maricopa County jail detainees and inmates wear black and white stripes with pink underwear showing through. So is aPaio creating "fear" with the  "orange"  since he's turned the black and white stripes look into a South Park cartoon?

bveater
bveater

 @danzigsdaddy I hate Arpio with a passion but other states do this on a regular basis, it's well documented.  But yes he is a liar and a criminal and should be on the other side of the bars.   

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

 @errolmcinnes Well informed comment that rings true. Everyone dies at some time. When you're in your 80's if you care about your family more than your "job", then it's time to smell the roses and enjoy his "empire". He'll probably die on the job -- an appropriate ending for a narcissist protecting his domain that no one has been able to see.

savatage69
savatage69

Your reply, it seems, is not without a sense of irony.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

 @Tommy_Collins true tommy, it comes into play AT sentencing. if they are overcrowded they will hand out a 5 month sentence instead of a 6 or 7 month sentence, and i have seen it happening here. but the way i am seeing the commercial, he is implying that if they are overcrowded they will let a guy with a 7 month sentence walk after only doing 4 or 5. and that is something i have never heard of. there are certain programs that will allow a somewhat earlier release like a prison early release credit or temporary release credit. but these only come into play if certain criteria are met and if it is allowed in the sentencing report. county jail (here) has day-served-day-earned, that relies on "if you are working, if you you have no write ups, if sentencing allows it" as some of the criteria. another would be  ALPHA itself and only if sentencing allows it and you meet the criteria. its just another sneaky half story  by him to scare people into thinking the streets will be flooded with people who werent supposed to be released. jail or prison cannot change what sentence was meted out. i think its called the truth in sentencing law

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

 @errolmcinnes What goes around, comes around.... ask andrew thomas, lisa aubuchon, rachel alexander, hendershott, russell pearce, lester pearce, joel fox, ...black and on and on with bigger fish in the pipeline. They are all so power hungry and narcissist they are all self destructing in front of eyes, unfortunately taking the people and the state of Arizona, they care nothing about. Why? They are carpetbaggers with their hands out for Federal $$'s = corporate and government welfare for the "public servants". Self-destruction for all.

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

 @pp_sheeba The facts are in the links through-out this blog. You need to read the books and articles filled with fact. This is NOT a Third World dictatorship and its time to get rid of "torture" in America -- a civilized nation?  Arizona is not a civilized state and it needs to be brought into the 21st century, starting with the ousting of the Maricopa County Sheriff "little, big man with a badge" and millions of $$'s to crush whoever crosses his path. 

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

 @pp_sheeba I must have hit the bull's eye with the truth, to receive your rabid response. Educated in Arizona?

Moron_Hunter
Moron_Hunter

 @godhatesdems  @bveater  @danzigsdaddy It is the very definition of mendacity to conflate a declination to prosecute with a declaration of innocence. 

 

A child-rapist who stays one step ahead of the police does not have the police's endorsement of his conduct, so too you can't say the DoJ sustained Arpaio behavior, especially considering they are still chasing him for civil remedies.

 

Try being honest for a change, it does wonders for your soul.

 
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