In an apparent attempt to continue treating adult inmates in his jails like a classroom full of fourth-graders (and to try and cash in on the media buzz surrounding the most tragic day in the country's history), Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio will be commemorating the upcoming 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks with another inmate coloring contest.
Arpaio announced yesterday his plans for the upcoming day of remembrance. In addition to the coloring contest, the sheriff will use loudspeakers to blare the national anthem throughout his jails all day long until Sunday. He also vows to only allow inmates to watch 9/11-themed programing on jail televisions, including the Oliver Stone film "World Trade Center" and "United 93."
On Saturday and Sunday, jail televisions will be set on channels that only offer 24-hour 9/11-related programing, Arpaio crows.
Back to the coloring contest -- this is the second time Arpaio's held such a contest in less than 30 days.
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As you may recall, Arpaio held a coloring contest to commemorate the death of his favorite jailhouse pooch, Queen. The MCSO then reneged on the prize for the best drawing: a meal of the winning inmate's choice (in reality, the inmates only "choice" was fast food).
The sheriff is asking inmates to color a picture of "what 9/11 means to our nation." The winner, Arpaio claims, will receive a fast-food for dinner every night for a week (we'll see about that).
In addition to the fast food for the inmate, Arpaio says if the winning drawing is good enough, he'll put it on EBay (a.k.a. someone on his staff who knows how to operate a computer will put it on EBay) and donate the proceeds to a charity benefitting 9/11 victims.