Sheriff Joe: Visionary who only sees black and white – SignOnSanDiego.com

“America’s Toughest Sheriff,” a title that makes him seem like a circus act, is telling about the time he was tipped that people “were drinking cat’s blood in a section of Phoenix and nobody would do anything. At the same time the inmates were destroying the plumbing in the jail.”

Arpaio started up an animal-cruelty unit — five detectives (“nobody else has that”) — and placed abused cats and dogs into air-conditioned jail cells where they enjoy meals that cost twice as much as the unseasoned food (no pepper or salt allowed) served to lawbreakers.

Banished from the jail, prisoners in Maricopa County sleep in Korean War tents in which temperatures can sweat up to 135 degrees in the summer. The inmates, men and women alike, work on chain gangs.

“Somebody has to protect the animals,” the sheriff says. And somebody has to punish the criminals.

Read on via Sheriff Joe: Visionary who only sees black and white – SignOnSanDiego.com.

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