Joe Arpaio Allows Shaun Attwood's Hard Time Into Jail Library

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Attwood in a PR pic for his new book...

Here's a little news for those Sand Land haters out there who've dissed Shaun Attwood, author of Hard Time: A Brit in America's Toughest Jailthe subject of my most recent Bird column.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio, the guy Attwood takes to task for the squalid, dangerous conditions in his vast incarceration complex, is going to allow Attwood's book into the jail library.

In a letter from the MCSO's Timothy Overton, director of "ancillary services," Overton welcomes Attwood's request to donate copies of his recently published memoir.

"Sheriff Arpaio has asked me to correspond with you regarding your generous offer to donate copies of your book `Hard Time' to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office Jail Library," writes Overton.

Overton then tells Attwood where to send the books, and thanks Attwood for his "kind and generous offer" on behalf of the sheriff. You can take a look at the letter, here.

It's an interesting concession, as Attwood's book blasts Joe's gulags as cockroach-invested hellholes, where violence is an everyday occurrence, bodies of dead rats show up in an already gag-inducing evening meal called "the red death," and a smorgasbord of illicit drugs is readily available amongst the inmate population.

Is Joe admitting that Attwood's description of the jails is accurate? That would seem so, as Attwood sent Arpaio an autographed copy of the book, and Joe Tweeted that he was reading it.

Joe's jails operate without accreditation, have been condemned by the ACLU and Amnesty International, and have become a veritable charnel house for some.

The wrongful deaths in Arpaio's custody lead to the inevitable lawsuits, resulting in payouts of $8 million here, $9 million there. So far, it adds up to more than $43 million, all ultimately covered by you and me, the taxpayers of Maricopa County.

Attwood was awaiting his day in court while he was Arpaio's prisoner for about two years. He freely admits that he was guilty of violating several drug laws as he operated an ecstasy-running business in the Valley.

Does that excuse the conditions Attwood endured? Hardly. In his book and in his online blog, "Jon's Jail Journal," he details an environment that breeds criminality, brutality and sometimes, death.

That taxpayers continue to foot the bill for that environment is one of the many outrages of Arpaio's rule. And, alas, it's an outrage without end as long as our geezer gendarme is in power.


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freedom for all life
freedom for all life

The conditions encountered and the attitudes of those in charge bring shame on both the U.S. legal system and any claims to be a civilized nation.

Jon's Jail Journal Blogspot
Jon's Jail Journal Blogspot

Yes, criminals should be punished and certainly have it rough, but where do you draw the line on conditions? Diabetics dying for want of insulin, the mentally ill tased and asphxiated to death by guards, gang members determining who lives and dies, all documented in the federal court system, 10s of million awarded to victims' family members...

Victory
Victory

The jail must be getting low on toilet paper. The words in that book aren't even worth the paper it is written on. Maybe the books should be passed out to those who are about to commit a crime. Jail is supposed to be horrible so you don't go back. And all these comments about Attwood suffering in there, just remember this guy is getting your kids hooked on drugs. So if your ok with this kind of scumbag being some kind of hero because he wrote some book about how tough life is behind bars then just remember that when your kid is laying on a hospital bed fighting for their life because they overdosed off some of this guy's dope.

USAdefender1
USAdefender1

Peon,

You would have these guys push even more drugs on our children to show just how enlightened you are. Only a MORON would think punishing people like this to be Stalinist!

Paen
Paen

USAdefender1 sounds like a prosecuter in one of Stalin's show trials.Personaly I think he shouldmoove to North Korea if he likes police states so much.

USAdefender1
USAdefender1

Haddie Nuff,

"He freely admits that he was guilty of violating several drug laws as he operated an ecstasy-running business in the Valley."

It would seem that this guy is just were he need to be! MORON

USAdefender1
USAdefender1

Whatever happened to "If you can't do the time, don’t do the crime".

Mr. Lemons would give criminals even more liberties than they already have. If you like your memory foam mattress, getting laid (by a female), spending time with family and all the other things that law abiding citizens like to do then don't commit the crime!

Only MORON liberals would like to pamper criminals so that they don't learn their lesson.

USAdefender1

P.S. If you want to attend an "accredited institution" try a university! MORONS

hms-one
hms-one

Of course. Arpaio is proud that he runs one of the most inhumane jails on the planet. This book is publicity for his horror show, so of course he's all about it. The man is evil.

Coz
Coz

Tim Overton, another MCSO piece of corrupt shit.

GENO
GENO

The description of arpaio's house of horrors, shouldn't surprise anyone. I think arpaio just wants to be a "Messaycan". And operate his gulags in the vein of third world style institutions. Its a travesty to anything--American.

Rollem45
Rollem45

Tim Overton another MCSO millionare

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

The letter simply thanks them for the donation and where to send the books. There is no mention that they will be a part of the library inventory, or available to be checked out or read there. When dealing with MCSO NOTHING can be assumed. As far as my inference of the letter, it could be the books are accepted, then burned.

Mr. Lemons, I think you are giving MCSO way too much credit. Remember, this comes from an agency that publicly states, "Our intelligence tells us that some of the corn for those cart vendors comes from drop houses".

Sunriver
Sunriver

And women dying in transfer cells without a drop of water in sight.

freedom for all life
freedom for all life

This post shows that there are those in America that are becoming heartless.

freedom for all life
freedom for all life

You don't stop people from being drug pushers by turning prison into a below human rights standard jail.

This is as bad as that movie "Midnight Express", a true story about a young American who gets thrown into a Turkish prison back in the early 60s for having a small about of hashish on him. It was worse than anything any human being is capable of imagining.

No punishment should ever be worse than the crime. That just turns naughty people into people who are full of hate and revenge against society. That just dehumanizes and makes legal criminals of the 'justice' system. Having the freedom to brutalize another human being, because he's done something wrong, doesn't make sense. It just makes you a criminal too. i.e. two wrongs DON'T make a right.

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