Joe Arpaio's Jails Not Audited, Despite What Arizona Republic Claims

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Joe's jails get thumbs up from the feds? When javelinas fly...

If you read today's Arizona Republic or watched Fox News last night, you might be under the mistaken impression that Sheriff Joe Arpaio's vast incarceration complex has undergone an audit from the U.S. Marshals Service and earned gold stars and smiley faces all around.

Um, not exactly. Despite the hoo-ha Arpaio's made over it, and despite the Republic's spurious headline, "Maricopa County jails audit receives high marks, but race questions linger," U.S. Marshal for Arizona David Gonzales tells me there was no "audit" done.

"This is not an audit," Gonzales explained to me today. "It's a basic review for short term visits by federal prisoners. And it's just to ensure that basic requirements are met."

Gonzales said that on any given day, out of the 6,000 prisoners in federal custody spread across the state in various facilities, there are less than 10 being held by the MCSO.

The only reason the U.S. Marshals park some folks at MCSO jails -- usually overnight -- is because of the proximity of those facilities to the Sandra Day O'Connor U.S. Courthouse in Phoenix, which is about five minutes away from the Fourth Avenue Jail.

Otherwise, the marshals would have to keep their prisoners at a facility in Pinal or Pima Counties.

Gonzales said the Marshals Service eyeballs the facilities it uses on a yearly basis. Every county sheriff gets one, according to Gonzales.

"In the nine years that I've been the Marshal, no one has ever not passed this simple inspection," stated Gonzales.

The review takes about an hour or two, he said. Some of the information on the checklist, which you can take a look at, here, is taken on faith from the MCSO.

This is evident from the document itself. For instance, concerning "Use of Force," it reads, "The Facility Director ensures that force is used only when necessary and only as long as necessary."

Basically, the Marshals office takes the Facility Director's word for it.

Regarding each visit to a facility, the MCSO knows in advance that the marshals are coming, so there's plenty of time to spruce up.

When pro-immigrant activists were jailed in July after engaging in acts of civil disobedience, they afterward described filthy, crowded conditions at Fourth Avenue. One activist, Sarahi Uribe, told me there were human feces on the floor of her holding cell.

I'm guessing the MCSO scraped those up before the marshals stopped by for a cursory check.

Former drug dealer Shaun Attwood described horrific conditions at MCSO facilities in his book Hard Time. As I wrote in a recent Bird column, Attwood recounted seeing rats in the food, hordes of cockroaches, and rampant drug use by the inmates, among other outrages.

Arpaio's jails lack national accreditation, having lost it in 2008. Moreover, they've been the sites of numerous deaths resulting from detention officer brutality, violence among inmates, lack of proper medical care, etc. These wrongful deaths have resulted in lawsuits costing the county more than $43 million in payouts and settlements.

So Arpaio's -- and by proxy, the Republic's -- suggestion that everything is hunky-dory in Joe's gulags because the marshals say they're okay to hold a few inmates for a day or so, is bunk.

As for the U.S. Department of Justice's lawsuit over access to Joe's jails, his files, and his staff, that suit concerns an ongoing civil rights investigation. The marshals were not doing an investigation. Basically, they were just making sure the showers work and the inmates get fed, along with other basics.

Joe's bloviating is one thing. That's to be expected. But the Republic knows better. Or it should.

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Loosecannonsbluesband
Loosecannonsbluesband

There's a Wallace and Ladmo discussion group on yahoo

wallaceandladmo@yahoogroups.com

that is allowing discussion on Joe Arpaio. The people there are mostly in support of Arpaio and won't allow posts that present an alternate view. I suggest you go and check out the group - not just because Wallace and Ladmo was a cool TV show but to make sure that there are not places out there were these ignorant Arpaio supporters can hide and spew their lies.

Remember, Arpaio is a very powerful person. He has connection still when he was a corrupt agent with the DEA - MOB CONNECTIONS! He is a prime example of a Alcohol agent who lost their job and was moved over to the drug business. His job and thousands of other was dependent on demonization of recreational drug users.

He's going to be allowed to save face here boys and girls - nothing to see, move along.

In addition, Still commanding enough votes to win office. These people are government agents and must respect that their bosses are also elected.

Az Debtman
Az Debtman

What the U.S. Marshall failed to recongize also is that they have prisoners sitting in custody with outstanding warrants that have been quashed. They have prisoners sitting in holding cells with outstanding DOC warrants that have been served and released from custody. The U.S. Marshall is detaining people unlawfully because the Justice Department can't get their hands on those VA VA Disability, Social Security, DES connected Hendershot MVD computers that suddenly vanished and replaced. Wrongfull encarceration is a crime last checked! Archives won't lie.

Leonor Grimaldo
Leonor Grimaldo

Joe should be embraced about the thing he says he want to look on the news and all I see is a man with greasy hair.. YUCK!!

Anon
Anon

Maricopa County jails' Inmates food labeled: "unfit for human consumption" is nothing more then inhumane and amounts to torture. Why is that acceptable in a civil society? It's going to cost the taxpayers in unnecessary health care issues down the line. How shortsighted.

Enviroherp
Enviroherp

I frequently differ with the AZ Repugnant on their stories. It seems they do their best to whitewash mal- or misfeasance by government agencies from the State down to the lowest political divisions.

Mymovie1111
Mymovie1111

Sheriff Joe Arpaio's Jails are Human Cruelty. Mice, cockroaches, moldy expired food, freezing cold in winter virus's everywhere with no medical attention, Hot, over 120 in the tents summer months with little water and drinking water came out of a hose laying in the desert dirt. There was once a dead mouse in a lamo bag served at breakfast. This place is contaminated. It's a holding cell...Guilty before innocent people awaing trial and some mentally awaiting a shrink. This is INHUMANE.

Anon
Anon

Stephen, Great article. We also questioned the misleading deadline in the AZ Republic. And they should know better with all that;s been going on in the jails and prisons in Arizona -- Third World hell-holes unfit for a dog let along humanity.

KingCast
KingCast

Right on, right on Sir!Meanwhile I'm keeping tabs on directly related matters out East, where we see Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick's GOP/Tea Party foes Charlie Baker and Tim Cahill running the same game as Arpaio and NH Senate Candy Kelly Ayotte.

A new KingCast video from yesterday's Patrick Rally.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...http://christopher-king.blogsp...

To the folks I met today, the background on the heinous Immigration policies of New Hampshire vis a vis the nefarious relationship between Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio and NH Senate Candidate Kelly Ayotte Ayotte is here.

Be sure to follow the excellent work of Arizona New Times' writer Stephen Lemons right here, we clearly have mutual respect for each other and for Arizona's Dennis Gilman, here is Mr. Lemon's comment on Gilman and Yours Truly.

The ongoing CORI issue seen in today's fliers that His Excellency is working to clear up is here.*****************Meanwhile, Boston area Pop Folk and Peace Legend James Taylor had a nice soul shake for me (I've never had the pleasure of meeting him in person though I've been a a show of his in the 90's) and some stirring reminders those who would like to blame Governor Patrick for all the World's woes:

"Massachusetts has the highest rate of job creation since the start of the year than any other state in the country..... thanks to Governor Patrick and Lieutenant Governor Murray's investment in our schools, the students of Massachusetts are the first in the Nation in Educational achievement...and that's something that only happens with a Governor who values education as much as this one does."

Anon
Anon

Kingcast, Thanks for helping the people of AZ by shedding the harsh light on all this and picking up on the similarities. Watched your video in NH. You certainly were courageous and hung tough!

Bill Stoller and Gerri Cocozza
Bill Stoller and Gerri Cocozza

We talked to former inmates in Joe's jails to confirm or refute Mr. Lemons's allegations. Here's an Email from a guy who was locked up on drug charges,

"Hey, what the fuck????? Jail is jail, its not no country club. Cozolino can confirm -----the overcrowding is terrible, holdin tank shitters overflowing, inmates packed like sardines. One shitter for fifty inmates. So the shit on the floor is probably true....plus, when the prisoners first come to 4th ave for bookin, many of em are drunk or stoned or fucked up in some way. They not right in the head. rats in the food????? impossible because you get them lamo sacks twice a day then a styrofoam slop tray hot meal at night. The inmates serve up the grub so they wouldnt let fellow inmates get rats, but rats may be crawling around in the kitchen at Joe's Food factory....

Theres inmates who fake fuckin mental problems or lie about bein in pain....then they get meds and sell em for comessary store stuff. the overcrowdin cause stree and there are fights in the pods. they go to "bano" to fight -that mean bathroom in spanish. theres guards and inmate trustee smugglers who gewt dope into the jails ---no fuckin doubt about it.

i got a problem with this article you sent......Notice the fat pig lemons interviews a spanish guy Gonzales, who is already against sheriff joe?????? what a pregudiced mo fuck..."

OK, this guy was certainly never a rocket scientist and definitely will never be one, but we think he's being honest about his jail experience. The Associates apologize for his rough language.

Check out www.badphoenixcops.blogspot.co... for the latest on Phoenix police and government corruption. That's www.badphoenixcops.com - where the Truth hurts.

TJS, with HMG and JTR on the blog for The Stoller/Cocozza Crew, online and on time.

aln
aln

HAHAHA.So, the person that you claim wrote that e-mail can't spell, but knows how to use consecutive hyphens? Could you have made a phonier letter? Give the trolling a rest already, this schizophrenic parade of bullshit of yours has been carrying on for so long now.

THERISER
THERISER

80 million in misappropriated funds, 43 million paid to lawsuits and a 7 million dollar escalating legal bill paid by the B.O.S., equal $130 million dollars of taxpayers money being paid out due to Arpaio's illegal (I know nothing) actions and those of the idiot Andrew Thomas. If the Sun seizured Citians love this ass so much then let them pay this bill from their retirement funds for Arpaio since they have soooo much money. Then they shouldnt gripe about there being no money in medicaid, medicare and social security.If this idiot knew how to manage the Sheriff's Office and his dumbass employee's, then maybe this money could have gone to improve conditions, which woud have given them higher marks in order to receive more federal funding.

BUT ARPAIO DOES NOT KNOW HOW TO MANAGE ANYTHING, FAMILY AND EMPLOYEES INCLUDED.

KingCast
KingCast

Interesting how his buddy Kelly Ayotte is a master at financial malfeasance as well:http://kellyayottesenate.blogspot.com/2010/09/kelly-ayottes-buddy-joe-arpaio-in-hot.htmlTuesday, September 28, 2010Kelly Ayotte's buddy Joe Arpaio in hot water over finance malfeasance, same as Kelly Ayotte with her $110M Tuttle/JUA Insurance and $300K Planned Parenthood debacles.Even Fox News Knows:Sheriff Joe in Hot Water Over Misspending AllegationsVoter-approved jail fund mismanaged?Updated: Friday, 24 Sep 2010, 10:20 PM MDTPublished : Friday, 24 Sep 2010, 6:17 PM MDTPHOENIX - With his department under fire, accused of wasting taxpayer money, Sheriff Joe Arpaio still refuses to talk about the controversy publicly. County auditors say he misused as much as $80 million.The sheriff wouldn't talk on camera about the budget allegations, but on the phone, he told us he has an explanation for everything -- but we'll have to wait for it.Some say the sheriff is in a tough spot. Facing a firestorm of criticism over the budget, the normally camera-happy sheriff has gone underground. For a man who spends so much time in the spotlight, critics say the silence is telling."The fact that he's not willing to answer the tough questions, dodging interviews... He's the elected sheriff of this county, he should have the doors open," says outspoken Sheriff Joe opponent Dan Saban.Maricopa County Auditor David Smith clearly stated there is no doubt that monies have been misspent. The money was to be spent on improving the jails, which never happened. Instead it was spent on lavish trips and Immigration sweeps.He's just like his toady, NH U.S. Senate hopeful Kelly Ayotte, who has flip-flopped on Unconstitutional Immigration policies, as noted by Debbie Schlussel and Yours Truly. She screwed over the New Hampshire budget to the tune of $110M on the Tuttle/JUA cases, affirmed on appeal read it all right here, along with the FRM Ponzi scam she failed to catch as AG, and her coverup of the Franconia shooting tragedy, soon to be a Hollywood movie. BTW, Wisconsin cited the Tuttle/JUA case, in Wisconsin Medical v. Morgan, what a legal legacy for Kelly Ayotte to leave, ahem.She also lied to the public about "winning" the Planned Parenthood case, when in fact she cut two $150,000.00 checks to Planned Parenthood Attorneys because the NH law was poorly drafted and didn't pass Constitutional muster. I have a copy of the checks right here.For more on Joe Arpaio, Kelly Ayotte and the lecherous GOP carefully read this post and Stephen Lemons' columns in the Phoenix New Times, including this onewith my video coverage of the NH GOP Joe Arpaio love-fest.

Anon
Anon

THERISER, Outstanding comment!

wherewasi
wherewasi

ussliberty sounds like one of those die-hard Shurf Joke fans who is bitter that his Hero is going down. Suffice it to say that the Head of the US Marshalls office told FB that this was not an audit, but rather a simple inspection that all facilities are subjected to on an annual basis, and take Arpaio's boastful statements about his having passed this "audit" as desperate media babble from a desperate politician who is starting to wish he was Rod Blagoyovich instead of Joseph Arpaio. But you do have a point about "facts" from books written by criminals. Dirty Joe's book is full of far-fetched and untruthful statements, so I suppose it's possible that Attwood's book might contain some stretches of the truth as well. Feel free to be dubious about those statements, but realize also that Arpaio put Attwood's book in the jail library. I'm thinking that Joke believes Attwood helps boost Arpaio's legendary bad-ass facade and loves the criticism and the limelight. Typical Joe. Typcial Joe-sheep.

Ussliberty
Ussliberty

I propose that Mr. Stephen Lemons should not use second hand stories to promote his agenda. He should become an inmate of Sheriff Joe's hospitality. Surely first hand experience would add far more credibility. Please tell us if the feces on the floor was tracked in by a dog walker or toilet paper wrapped 'gift' 10 inches long. Don't tell us what some drug dealer says, tell us the names of as many cockroaches you meet. And if rats are in the food, please tell us how it tastes. As someone concerned about the Truth, I feel experience is better than hearsay.

Anon
Anon

talk about the food... marked "unfit for human consumption". Who determines the purchasing of the food inmates eat? Who profits from this?

Rollem45
Rollem45

Unlike Joe Arpaio, Lemons has real tipsters and according to my copy of the Constitution, he is not required to provide you or anyone with the names. Now as to your idiot hero Arpiehole, his tipsters come in the form of dime droppers like...well, Chief Frank Munnell or his usual unknown caller.....employees or posse nuts

wherewasi
wherewasi

It doesn't surprise me at all that Arpaio made a big deal out of these 5 gold stars. They're the only ones he's going to get. Ever.

Funny stuff this week. Now he's shutting down the MACE unit too. And I am hoping that freak Driscoll is squirming over the termination of the contract with Ogletree et. al. I want to know how much Driscoll got paid to "use his connections within the DOJ to get the court tower conspiracy into the hands of Federal investigators"! ROTFLMAO over that one. The video following the press release (where Driscoll is being asked how much taxpayer money he received for his services and Joe blunders in with "I didn't get a raise out of this") and the reprimand letter Driscoll received from the DOJ the VERY NEXT DAY are a couple of truly humorous moments in this fiasco, if they weren't so danged expensive!

GENO
GENO

Kudos to the Feathered Bastard for clarifying this. As you can see, the nativist nut KKKrackers were yeehaw and yahooing about this. I was actually disappointed in how such a mainstream news outlet, like the Republic could basically misunderstood this.

Keep up the great work Feathered Bastard.

Rob
Rob

After reading the pdf on the Republic this morning I felt the same way. Clearly not an audit, more of a cursory/mandatory inspection.

I also figured it was like any other business with these types of inspections...you know it's coming well in advance and put on the old dog and pony show.

Coz
Coz

The Arizona Repulsive is a joke of a rag for the most part.Leave it to Bozo Joe to once again spin the truth into total bullshit.

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