Who celebrates 20 years of running what they describe as a "concentration camp," and takes pride in exposing men and women to the elements of the desert?
Only the leader of that "concentration camp," of course -- Maricopa County
Fuehrer Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
As has been the case for several years now, Arpaio throws birthday parties for the lockup he described as a "concentration camp," as if it were his own child.
Here's part of the oh-so-important press release from the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office:
To celebrate this 20th year, Sheriff Arpaio has authorized a "RETRO DAY"...one day where his no-frill policies are suspended, in part, and inmates at the Tents can enjoy coffee, better food, cigarettes, rental movies, unrestricted television and *adult magazines* as well as music from the 1990s.
The cigarettes are candy, and the "adult magazines" are Good Housekeeping and Woman's Day.
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Other celebrations of the Tent City anniversary in recent years have included naming part of the jail "Section 1070" -- for "illegal aliens," of course -- as well as an Elvis impersonator, and a dessert of moon pies (which an inmate alleged had been in a freezer "for months," as he threw it on the ground).
Further information on the legacy of Tent City can be found in the links below:
- Dead End:These men and a woman lost their lives in Sheriff Joe Arpaio's custody
- Tent City Inmate Hit With Shrapnel After Bullet Fired at Outdoor Jail
- Joe Arpaio: Tent City a "Concentration Camp"
- Tent City Beating is Nearly Fatal
- Tent City Inmate on How to Stay Warm: "Hold on and Pray Nothing Bad Happens"