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Closed for Good: A Final Look Inside Tent City

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Deanna Dent
A female inmate of Tent City rests on her bunk during a visit by reporters and activists in 2015. Men and women are held inside canvas tents in different areas of Tent City, which is located in Phoenix next to the Estrella Jail.
This weekend Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone finally closed Tent City, former Sheriff Joe Arpaio's notorious open-air jail, for good, just months shy of its 25th anniversary. In February 2015, photographer Deanna Dent toured the facility along with Humphrey Scholars from the Cronkite School of Journalism and University of Minnesota. According to Dent, the groups on the tour, led by Arpaio, "comprised journalists, human rights advocates, lawyers, judges, and law enforcement officials from a plethora of different countries, and they were able to listen to Sheriff Arpaio talk about his approach to law enforcement and address everything from his religion to his human rights record." Here's some of what she saw that day. Photos by Deanna Dent.