by Brian Hayes | Top Right News
Way to go, Joe!
A diet of bread and water is the punishment for dozens of Arizona inmates who defaced American flags placed in their jail cells.
The 38 male inmates are part of the Maricopa County jail system, under Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
For their “unpatriotic acts”, the sheriff said Thursday, they’ll survive on bread and water for seven days.
“These inmates have destroyed the American flag that was placed in their cells,” Arpaio said. “Tearing them, writing on them, stepping on them, throwing them in the toilet, trash or wherever they feel. It’s a disgrace … this is government property that they are destroying, and we will take action against those who act this way.”
The flags are part of a push for patriotism in county jail cells that includes listening to the “Star-Spangled Banner” every morning and “God Bless America” every night over the intercom system.
Sheriff Joe tolerates nothing in his jails, which is why he’s earned the moniker “America’s Toughest Sheriff.”
Joe’s “Tent City” outdoor jail is world-famous for its harsh conditions, particularly in the summer where temperatures rise to 120 degrees. He’s issued pink underwear to the men detained in the county’s jails and said he is saving taxpayers money by removing salt and pepper from prison meals.
When an AP reporter visited Tent City on a particularly hot day a few years back, he interviewed an inmate complaining that “It feels like you’re in a furnace, it’s inhumane!” Arpaio overhead this and shot back:
“It’s 120 degrees in Iraq and our soldiers are living in tents too, and they have to wear full battle gear, but they did not commit any crimes, so shut your damned mouths!”
Arpaio implemented his American flag jailhouse initiative last November.
At the time, Joe also announced a push to hire more veterans, saying his office employs more than 600 men and women who have served in the military. He manages about 8,000 inmates.
“Sheriff Arpaio is a Korean War veteran and a patriot,” said Chrisopher Hegstrom, a spokesman for Arpaio, in announcing the increased veteran hires.
Arpaio was elected to his sixth term as sheriff for the Phoenix area in November 2012. He plans to run again in 2016.
Thank you Joe, for keeping Arizona, and all Americans, safer by enforcing all the laws against illegal aliens.
Brian Hayes is a former crime reporter from Tampa, FL who currently blogs about immigration issues.