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Joe Arpaio Hosts Concert at Tent City

Surprise, surprise: Sheriff Joe Arpaio hosted a publicity stunt at his "concentration camp," Tent City.

Arpaio held a concert at the jail, and it wasn't exactly Johnny Cash at Folsom State Prison.

The self-proclaimed "toughest" sheriff in America arranged for a couple of pianists to play Mozart tunes, which Arpaio referred to in a press release as "music education in therapy."

Arpaio's had other tough-on-crime initiatives at the jail before, like an Elvis impersonator, ice cream parties, an American Idol rip-off contest, and a concert by country musician Glen Campbell, among other things.

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The Mozart thing kind of sucks, in comparison to previous cheesy publicity stunts.

The Sheriff's Office insists there's no cost to the taxpayers for this latest stunt, although that's been said before.

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