According to a Tent City inmate, Sheriff Joe Arpaio's claim that his office is taking steps to keep the inmates warm in the jail is a "patent lie."
If you've been paying attention today, you'll notice this is the second inmate in just a couple of hours to tell New Times that they haven't had access to the accommodations Arpaio claims are being provided.
Now, a woman named Heather, who asked us not to use her last name -- since she still has to go back to the jail as part of her work-release sentence -- told us the same exact stuff as another inmate.
Arpaio's press release said he "would like families and friends of inmates incarcerated in Tent City to know that their loved ones will be fine, despite the low temperatures."
Inmates have access to an unlimited amount of blankets, 24-hour access to the heated day room, and hot chicken broth is being added to the evening meal for an "added touch," the press release said.
Both inmates we've spoken to, both on work-release, told us they got no "unlimited amount" of blankets, no access to a heated room, and no hot food.
Heather, who's in there for a DUI charge, tells New Times she was just in there last night, and none of that was offered.
According to the Weather Channel, Tent City's zip code "felt like" it was as cold as 42 degrees last night. This weekend, the forecast says the temperature's getting as low as 29 degrees.
It's inhumane what's going on now," Heather says. "I wouldn't leave my dog out in a night like last night."
Heather's boyfriend, whom we also spoke to, said Arpaio's like Hitler running a concentration camp. (He says he's allowed to say that because he's Jewish, but we informed him that Arpaio himself has called it a concentration camp.)
"I don't know how in the world he can get away with the inhumane treatment," he continued. "How are the voters so stupid?...[Arpaio's] a blowhard."
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