Sheriff Joe: Jail Conditions

  • Arpaio Snuggles Up to an Ex-Inmate in His Cynical Bid for a Sixth Term

    September 20, 2012
    How stupid does Sheriff Joe Arpaio think the citizens of Maricopa County are? At least as stupid as "Randall," a... More >>
  • Joe Arpaio Turns a Blind Eye to Jailhouse Justice

    June 14, 2012
    A  few months ago, Alan DeLong sat down to watch a new reality show on the Discovery Channel. First Week In goes... More >>
  • Jailhouse Goons Make Fun Of and Kill a Mentally Ill Inmate

    June 14, 2012
    It takes a twisted individual to delight in the sufferings of the mentally ill. A special type of sick, sadistic bully.... More >>
  • Remembering Marty Atencio, the Latest Fatality in Joe Arpaio's Jail

    January 05, 2012
    I'm sitting in a restaurant in Peoria on Monday with the family of Ernest "Marty" Atencio, who was laid to rest today... More >>
  • What's Mom Worth?: When a Woman Became Deathly Ill in Sheriff Joe Arpaio's Jail, Guards and Nurses Ignored Her Agony

    December 09, 2010
    Deborah Braillard, mother (1991) Mom taught me to sew. And I' m going to teach my own baby, Jennylee.... More >>
  • Arpaio's Gulags, As Experienced by a Limey; Plus the Media Chumps Out on the Latest Racist Tea Party

    August 26, 2010
    ROACH MOTEL Dead rats in the evening slop. Cells so full of cockroaches that you sleep in a mass of them. No... More >>
  • In Arpaio's Jails, the Most Basic Healthcare is No Better Despite Years of Lawsuits and Investigations; a Lesson Bertha Oropeza Learned the Hard Way

    April 15, 2010
    When Bertha Oropeza was arrested last summer for marijuana possession, she didn't expect it to nearly cost her life. But... More >>
  • The Court Tower Conspiracy: Andrew Thomas and Joe Arpaio's Court Tower "Cover-Up" Sounds Like a Good Story, But It's Pure Fiction

    February 18, 2010
    If Andrew Thomas were the one telling this story, he'd probably begin it on December 12, 2008. That's the day Thomas,... More >>
  • Shocking Pink: Arpaio's Detention Officers Unnecessarily Terrorized a Psychotic Inmate Because He Resisted Wearing Pink Underwear

    February 11, 2010
    Sheriff Joe Arpaio's public-relations team issued a joyous press release after winning a civil rights case in U.S.... More >>
  • MCSO Shackling Pregnant Moms, and Singer Linda Ronstadt Plans to March Against Arpaio

    January 07, 2010
    CHRISTMAS ANGEL Miriam Mendiola-Martinez is a small woman, but her passive, sad demeanor makes her seem smaller. When... More >>
  • Pregnant Latina Says She Was Forced to Give Birth in Shackles After One of Arpaio’s Deputies Racially Profiled Her

    October 22, 2009
    Editor's note: This is one of a group of individual accounts of racial profiling by Sheriff Joe Arpaio's forces. The... More >>
  • One Mother’s Suffering, Joe Arpaio’s Bigotry, and Stories of Racial Profiling by the MCSO

    October 15, 2009
    CELIA'S ANGUISH On the surface, a Sunday morning at the home of Celia Alejandra Alvarez Herrera seems bright and... More >>
  • State of Fear: Permanent Legal Resident Stopped For Being Brown By MCSO Deputies

    October 15, 2009
    Editor's note: This is one of a group of individual accounts of racial profiling by Sheriff Joe Arpaio's forces. Rosa... More >>
  • The Wily Warbler Visits Ciria Lopez-Pacheco and Courtney Bisbee Behind Bars

    January 22, 2009
    SADIST'S DELIGHT This tweeter's been spending a lot of time behind bars lately. And no, he doesn't mean he's been mixing... More >>
  • Sheriff Joe Arpaio's Own Records Raise Serious Questions About Inmate Juan Mendoza Farias' Violent Death

    November 20, 2008
    Juan Mendoza Farias was handcuffed and alone in a jail cell when guards opened the hatch on his cell door and fired more... More >>
  • New Times Endorses Dan Saban and Tim Nelson

    October 30, 2008
    The most visible hammer of ethnic cleansing in greater Phoenix — which has swept 50,000 Mexicans from our community... More >>
  • Arpaio’s Jail Staff Cost Ambrett Spencer Her Baby, and She’s Not the Only One

    October 30, 2008
    Ambrett Spencer sat up in bed. It was 2:40 a.m., and the pain in her stomach was not right. She was nine months pregnant,... More >>
  • Are Joe Arpaio and His MCSO's Fiscally Wasteful and Inhumane Antics Finally Catching Up With Him?

    October 23, 2008
    In any other place, the publicity Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has received recently would be seen as, well,... More >>
  • New Times’ Lawsuit Continues, Stern’s “Disorderly Conduct” Charge Dropped, and We Ask a Judge to Force Joe to Release Video of a Suffocated Inmate's Last Minutes

    October 16, 2008
    Almost a year after New Times' two top executives were arrested and jailed, a federal judge dismissed parts of the... More >>
  • Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s Jails Lose National Accreditation

    October 09, 2008
    Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's jail accreditation was terminated last month — even as he awaited a federal... More >>
  • Was Juan Mendoza Farias beaten to death by Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s guards?

    September 11, 2008
    On December 2, 2007, a 40-year-old man named Juan Mendoza Farias was arrested and booked into the Maricopa County Jail.... More >>
  • Hart v. Arpaio civil rights class-action suit awaits verdict

    September 11, 2008
    Juan Mendoza Farias' death came at a particularly inconvenient time for Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. The date... More >>
  • Judge Neil Wake takes action in the jail conditions lawsuit against Arpaio

    June 12, 2008
    After a decades-long court battle with Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his predecessors, a lawsuit alleging poor conditions in the... More >>
  • The Bird poops on a crowd of 9/11 deniers and reports on the latest symbolic protest of Joe Arpaio

    June 05, 2008
    CRACKPOT KAREN Like Larry King or the species of common cockroach, the 9/11 "troof" crowd will never completely... More >>
  • The Bird wonders why Sheriff Joe Arpaio put a U.S. citizen behind bars for simply appearing Mexican

    January 31, 2008
    NO HOLDS BARRED What ICE doesn't know won't hurt it. That's the Sheriff's Office policy regarding immigration "holds"... More >>
  • Math-Challenged Sheriff Joe Arpaio Can't Account for the $41 Million He's Cost Taxpayers

    January 10, 2008
    Nothing makes this mallard madder than Tyra Banks after someone's said her booty's too big than having the truth-twisters... More >>
  • Inmates' Rights Lawsuit Languishes

    The unresolved Hart vs. Hill suit was filed 30 years ago in federal court. It brings up the same jailhouse abuses that occur today

    December 20, 2007
    The lawyer behind the arrests of New Times executives Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin is central in a seminal lawsuit... More >>
  • 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

    December 20, 2007
    Maricopa County law enforcement violated the constitutional rights of this newspaper's readers in October. Using secret... More >>
  • Dead End

    Beaten, hanged, strangled, and ignored, these men and a woman lost their lives in Sheriff Joe Arpaio's custody

    December 20, 2007
    • On March 26, 1996, Jose Rodriquez, 39, died in a pool of his own vomit on a jail floor. His cries for help went... More >>
  • Do Svidanya, Joe

    The vexed vulture swoops down on mean ol' Sheriff Joe, then sides with a nativist (for a change) against the mothers of MADD

    October 18, 2007
    It's official. The former Soviet Union's freer, kinder, and safer for the indigent and the sick than Maricopa County.... More >>
  • Useful Idiots

    The pissed-off puffin paddles fellow journalists, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, and an FBI monkey-spanker at U of A

    May 31, 2007
    How does Sheriff Joe Arpaio get away — metaphorically speaking — with murder? With the assistance of useful... More >>
  • Mail Order Joe

    The cranky cockatoo criticizes Sheriff Joe's new jail mail policy, and agitates the agitators at last week's kooky counter-protest

    May 10, 2007
    As if this outraged owl needed more proof that Maricopa County's gone mad, Sheriff "Nickel Bag" Joe Arpaio announced two... More >>
  • The Cost of Cruelty

    A federal jury returned a $9 million verdict against Maricopa County in still another jailhouse death

    March 30, 2006
    A federal jury awarded $9 million to the family and estate of a 33-year-old man who died after Maricopa County detention... More >>
  • Assisted Suicide

    A county psychiatrist's indifferent treatment of a disturbed inmate leads to a courthouse hanging

    June 02, 2005
    At 2:30 p.m. on May 14, 2002, Maricopa County jail psychiatrist Joe Franzetti scribbled a note into the medical chart of... More >>
  • Turn Up the Heat

    Napolitano should get behind the state's new fire marshal and force Tent City's closure

    February 24, 2005
    Tents have gone up in flames before at Sheriff Joe Arpaio's infamous outdoor compound. And there's no reason to think... More >>
  • 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

    February 10, 2005
    Yeah, he won still another term in the November general election, but there's reason for hope that Maricopa County... More >>
  • Turning Up the Heat

    There's a difference between justice and vengefulness -- something that's lost on Sheriff Joke.

    July 29, 2004
    As you turn down the air conditioning in your dark living room during these brutal summer evenings, think for a moment... More >>
  • Spiked

    Bad jokes and corporate canoodling sum up Cinco affair

    May 22, 2003
    Good News Sheriff Joe Arpaio's legal attempt to block attorneys from releasing information to New Times regarding the... More >>
  • Gag of an Order

    New Times really hit a nerve this time. Sheriff Joe wants a federal judge to shut us up.

    March 06, 2003
    In a legal maneuver apparently designed to honor yours truly while offering up a barrel of fish for shooting, stunningly... More >>
  • Jailhouse Justice

    New evidence suggests Sheriff Joe's running his empire as if it were a Mexican prison

    January 23, 2003
    If new information in an inmate-beating case is any indication – and if there's any justice in this world –... More >>
  • Jail Bait

    A prisoner was nearly beaten to death behind bars for a crime he didn't commit. Was he set up by Sheriff Joe's henchmen?

    December 26, 2002
    Jefferson Davis McGee was not the man who raped and killed 8-year-old Elizabeth Byrd. But on May 28, 2001, McGee was... More >>
  • Torture Chamber

    Did Eric Vogel die because of another beating in Sheriff Joe Arpaio's jail?

    March 14, 2002
    Eric Vogel was terrified to walk from his house. He imagined getting lost and confused. He imagined police arresting him... More >>
  • Serious Business

    If Joe Arpaio runs for governor, he'll win if people forget he's a madman

    March 07, 2002
    Joe Arpaio is a psychopath. Arpaio is considering running for governor of Arizona. He'll announce his decision March... More >>
  • Spleen Man

    No guts, no glory for over-the-top PR guy

    July 26, 2001
    David Hans Schmidt cackles gleefully every time he sees the 13-inch surgical scar down the belly of Jefferson Davis... More >>
  • Joe Arpaio's Balloon Payments

    It hasn't been cheap keeping the Joe Show aloft. Now, his employees, his inmates and the citizens of Maricopa County are paying the price.

    April 05, 2001
    Hitmen hurriedly stabbed Jaime Sanchez four times, then dashed for anonymity among the other inmates on the sixth floor... More >>
  • Flashes 02-24-2000

    February 24, 2000
    The Joke's on You Could Joke Arpaio find himself living in a tent soon? It could happen, unless the Maricopa County... More >>
  • 109 Degrees of Incarceration

    County inmate Lance Hawthorne died in a cell whose vent had been closed as a form of punishment

    May 06, 1999
    Lance Paul Hawthorne was not a model citizen. When a landlord attempted in 1989 to evict Hawthorne for not paying... More >>
  • Detention Mounts

    County jails are understaffed, but there seems to be plenty of money for the sheriff's pet projects

    April 22, 1999
    While he spends lavishly on new offices, a bulletproof car and new employees to fight cat mutilations, Sheriff Joe Arpaio... More >>
  • Lies and Videotape

    In an apparent repeat of its behavior in the Norberg case, the sheriff's office withheld key evidence from litigant

    April 15, 1999
    For more than two years, the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office withheld a videotape that contains key evidence in a... More >>
  • Murder on Madison: The Norberg Remix

    Tweaker inmate who died at the hands of jailers was also a loving son

    April 15, 1999
    I'm watching a snuff film, and it's hard-core. The snuffers--there's a pack of them, male and female--are in uniforms.... More >>
  • The $8 Million Victim

    Norberg family accepts hefty settlement in jail suit. Are similar payouts in Arpaio's future?

    January 14, 1999
    Joe Arpaio became Maricopa County sheriff in 1992 by taking advantage of dissatisfaction over Tom Agnos. The former... More >>
  • Flashes

    January 14, 1999
    A Running Joke The news just keeps getting worse for Sheriff Joke Arpaio. Besides the $8.25 million settlement with... More >>
  • Tweaking the Truth

    Sheriff's office reluctantly turns over drug report on dead inmate

    December 17, 1998
    For more than two years, the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office has kept secret a toxicologist's report concluding inmate... More >>
  • Fed Up

    The Justice Department investigates the county sheriff's officeagain

    December 10, 1998
    The U.S. Department of Justice is conducting criminal investigations into the deaths of county jail inmates Scott Norberg... More >>
  • Flashes

    October 22, 1998
    The Joke's on Katie Sheriff Joke Arpaio made another stellar showing in his ongoing campaign to promote... More >>
  • Billion-Dollar Bad Guys

    The county's jails are crammed full. But not with the dangerous felons backers of an initiative to raise money for new jails would have you believe.

    September 24, 1998
    "No turning around, ladies," says a beefy detention officer to the seven women slumped in plastic chairs. Behind... More >>
  • Sheriff's Cover-up?

    Lawyer for dead inmate's kin accuses county of "intentional destruction" of key evidence

    September 10, 1998
    Almost two years after Sheriff Joe Arpaio cleared his detention officers of wrongdoing in the death of inmate Scott... More >>
  • High Goon

    July 16, 1998
    According to the law, a person charged with a crime is presumed innocent until he's proved guilty in court. But, in... More >>
  • Flashes

    May 14, 1998
    Wheels of Disfortune The human oxymoron: He postures as a do-the-crime-do-the-time lawman, then talks those evil... More >>
  • Gulag-Rolling

    January 22, 1998
    We've said it all along, and now it's official: Sheriff Joe Arpaio is a liar. And not much better can be said about his... More >>
  • Hog-Tied by the Truth

    For the second time, a federal investigator has found appalling conditions in the county jails

    January 15, 1998
    On March 1, 1994, while awaiting trial on burglary, county jail inmate Matthew Creamer was beaten so badly there were... More >>
  • U.S. Lawsuit Re-Alleges Abuse in Jails

    November 06, 1997
    The federal government followed up its two-year investigation of Maricopa County's jails Friday by filing a lawsuit... More >>
  • Iceland 5, Arpaio 0

    Iceland supreme court unanimously opposes grandparents' extradition to county jails

    October 23, 1997
    Iceland's supreme court has upheld the decision of a lower-court judge who had refused to extradite Connie and Donald... More >>
  • Flashes

    September 25, 1997
    So That's How She Got Her Job! A reader grateful that the Flash featured KPNX-TV Channel 12 anchor Jineane Ford's role... More >>
  • Human Plights

    International group urges immediate stop to Arpaio jail practices

    September 18, 1997
    For more than 20 years, people around the world have participated in Amnesty International's letter-writing campaigns to... More >>
  • Blind Ambition

    August 28, 1997
    When is news not news? When you don't get it from the Arizona Republic. Last week, through the wonders of modern... More >>
  • Flashes

    July 31, 1997
    Why Fife's Defendantsy If the conviction bug bites Governor J. Fife Symington III, deliberations over his sentence... More >>
  • Keeping 'em in Stitches

    Crohn's disease sufferer Damon Dreckmeier was sentenced to 111 days in the county jail. Denied a few dollars' worth of daily prescription medication, he was rushed to the hospital five times, undergoing two surgeries. Taxpayers will pay for his treatment,

    July 24, 1997
    Damon Dreckmeier's blood was coming out both ends of him, and it had been coming out for hours. Vomited blood ran out... More >>
  • Public Pays in Jail Death

    County pays $50,000 in case of inmate who committed suicide while jailers watched a video of Sheriff Joe Arpaio

    July 17, 1997
    At least 19 jail inmates have died on Sheriff Joe Arpaio's watch. Others have been maimed. A man who is paralyzed below... More >>
  • Nice Land

    Icelandic judge stays extradition, saying Arpaio's jails violate standards of humane treatment

    July 10, 1997
    An Icelandic court has found that two American fugitives should not be extradited to Maricopa County because of the... More >>
  • A Hoss-Style Witness

    May 29, 1997
    What follows are excerpts from Sheriff Joe Arpaio's April 21 deposition. Joel Robbins: In terms of your knowledge of... More >>
  • Joe Assumes Deposition

    Arpaio tries to distance himself from pronouncements about punishing inmates

    May 29, 1997
    Faced with a series of trials, an Arizona official turns up the public relations machine to full tilt, launching a string... More >>
  • Arpaio Über Nicht

    May 22, 1997
    Sheriff Joe Arpaio loves to point out that his fame has spread beyond the United States, but increasingly, that... More >>
  • Flashes

    March 27, 1997
    Open Yer Mouse and Shay Aah If you are an alcohol- or drug-addicted doctor, Sue Gerard is your salvation. State... More >>
  • Flashes

    March 20, 1997
    Longest Flash on Record The Flash couldn't help enjoying the view as Sheriff Joke Arpaio went into complete... More >>
  • Flashes

    March 06, 1997
    It's Only $2 Billion Before Governor J. Fife Symington III seized power, state retirees knew their $13 billion nest... More >>
  • Jailers Show a Paraplegic Who's Boss

    Richard Post was taken to jail in his wheelchair for mouthing off in a bar. Joe Arpaio's detention officers saw him as such a threat, they strapped him into a medieval restraint chair--and broke his neck.

    January 23, 1997
    Richard Post spent only a few hours in Madison Street Jail, but in Sheriff Joe Arpaio's penal colony, no stay is too... More >>
  • Jail Suits Could Cost County Taxpayers Tens of Millions

    January 23, 1997
    A financial time bomb sits ticking in a Maricopa County file drawer. Among thousands of mundane tax cases and routine... More >>
  • Flashes

    December 26, 1996
    Why Ignorance Is Bliss On a recent Southwest Airlines flight, The Flash dug deeply into the seatback pocket and struck... More >>
  • Letters From Jail

    December 05, 1996
    Time is one thing prisoners have plenty of. What to do with all that time? When they're not conjuring diabolical plots to... More >>
  • Drear Diary

    December 05, 1996
    Germaine Steudler was arrested on September 19 for a probation violation. What follows are excerpts from her journal. ... More >>
  • Flashes

    December 05, 1996
    PNI Confidential The Flash has often noted that the Arizona Republic seems intent on offending nobody but its readers.... More >>
  • Barbarism As a Public Relations Strategy

    December 05, 1996
    Something felt awful and familiar as I strolled toward the set of Sheriff Joe Arpaio's latest made-for-TV movie (Charred... More >>
  • Bagels and Locks

    Complaints about tainted food and inmate abuse pour forth in wake of Tent City riot

    November 28, 1996
    Television reporters called in live broadcasts from the Durango Jail complex last Wednesday night when it looked as... More >>
  • Flashes

    November 21, 1996
    Sheriff Joke's Unhappy Campers When word of the Tent City riot reached The Flash, his first reaction was: What took so... More >>
  • Sanitized for Joe's Protection

    Sheriff's summary of probe into inmate's death omits alarming details

    October 24, 1996
    The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office has distilled its four-month investigation of jail inmate Scott Norberg's death into... More >>
  • Hangin' With Sheriff Joe

    Two inmates commit suicide in the space of a week; feds had warned Arpaio of unsafe "overhanging structures"

    August 22, 1996
    Detention officers at Sheriff Joe Arpaio's Madison Street Jail made a grisly discovery on August 9. In the sixth-floor... More >>
  • Flashes

    June 27, 1996
    One Spirited Adversary Jerry Colangelo and his partners may want to consider voodoo economics. Remember Beatrice... More >>
  • Flashes

    June 13, 1996
    All the News That Fits, They Print Those easternliberalmediaelite have done it again. They come into town with their... More >>
  • Tent City Beating is Nearly Fatal

    June 06, 1996
    On May 22, as he fielded questions on KFYI radio, Sheriff Joe Arpaio scoffed at accusations that his Tent City jail is... More >>
  • Death and Laxness

    If the jailers had paid attention, they might have noticed that Jose Rodriquez was dying

    June 06, 1996
    Jose Rodriquez died just before noon, curled up on a mattress on a concrete floor, his head resting in his own vomit. ... More >>
  • Sentence: 90 Days of Pain

    Jail inmate with 50 bullet fragments in arm waits months for medical treatment

    December 07, 1995
    The .38-caliber "snake shot" ripped into the back of Bayard Horton's left hand on that night in August, leaving more than... More >>

    September 21, 1995
    When I was a reporter not long ago, I often found myself in the same crowd of journalists as one particular television... More >>

    August 31, 1995
    Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio likes to boast about all the attention he receives from the national media, mostly for... More >>

    August 23, 1995
    Earth to Joe Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has gained international fame for his harsh treatment of criminals. Just... More >>

    January 20, 1994
    Joe Arpaio's Tent City, where the sheriff sends overflow from the Madison Street Jail, is the most colorful local... More >>


    November 24, 1993
    Kenneth Wayne Reed keeps meticulous records. He has to. His future absolutely depends on it. Locked in Maricopa County's... More >>
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