Joe Arpaio's Cockroaches, White Supremacists and More from Ex-Ecstasy Kingpin Shaun Attwood

Attwood on Arpaio's cockroaches

Back in August, I wrote up my interview with former ecstasy kingpin Shaun Attwood, whose memoir Hard Time: A Brit in America's Toughest Jail provides a harrowing account of his two years in Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's medieval prison complex.

Filth, cockroaches, a cornucopia of drugs, the neo-Nazi Aryan Brotherhood and incessant violence all feature prominently in Atwood's book. Hair-raising and hilarious at turns, Attwood's account makes no excuses for what got him into Joe's jails in the first place -- an ecstasy ring in Arizona known to some as "the Evil Empire."

Arpaio and the deaths in the jails, and how Jon's Jail Journal started

Attwood was sentenced to 9 1/2 years in prison, with credit for time served in Arpaio's gulags, but he caught a break when the powers that be decided to deport him back to England in 2007. He is permanently barred from ever re-entering the United States.

That's too bad, in my opinion, as his book has just been re-released in the U.S. in hardback with a new title, Hard Time: Life With Sheriff Joe Arpaio in America's Toughest Jail. But the bar on re-entry prevents him from doing a speaking tour of the country.

Our loss. As you can tell from these recently-posted YouTube videos of Attwood telling his cautionary tale to British schoolkids, Attwood is an arresting speaker. He is currently offering the DVD of his lecture free to schools in the U.S., Canada, and Great Britain.

To overcome this, perhaps Attwood could do presentations via phone or video-conferencing at local bookstores, with books pre-signed for buyers. Just a suggestion.

Attwood, aka, "English Shaun" on the ravages of drugs

His work serves as a testament to the corruption and cruelty of Arpaio's facilities, wherein 70 percent of those in the infamous pink underwear are pre-trial detainees, and are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

I know there's precious little sympathy for those who find themselves in county lockup or in state prisons for that matter. No one expects incarceration to be a cakewalk.

Bt at the very least, it should be humane. If your son or brother or daughter were to end up in stir, you would at least want them given food fit to eat and to be free from the threat of rape, guard beat-downs and other mistreatment.

English Shaun on rape in Arizona's prisons

Then there are those who are wrongly accused, people who may ultimately be acquitted, or, in some cases, falsely convicted. Should these people face the same conditions as well?

In any case, congratulations to Attwood on his U.S. release. 

The book is based in part on a blog he began while in Arpaio's jails,"Jon's Jail Journal," which was maintained by relatives, with Shaun's accounts smuggled out of visitation. 

Attwood still maintains the blog site, and you can read more about him, here.

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kkhkk1
kkhkk1

Did you ever expect a corporation to have a conscience, when it has no soul to damned, and no body to be kicked? From: http://xrl.us/bh8tjk

Big_nutz_dan
Big_nutz_dan

Then why do YOU IDIOTS keep voting for him??? I dont know what it;s like in his jail, because I NEVER GET ARRESTED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

truthseeker
truthseeker

Truly horrific and this is America and Arizona??

Arpaio's jails and the culture of cruelty and inhumanity.

Torture: America’s Brutal Prisons | Watch Free Documentary Onlinehttp://topdocumentaryfilms.com...

Bobby
Bobby

Cockroaches, white supremacists, etc. are terms used by anti-white journalists. These are attacks against diverse groups of European Americans and should always be noted as such. The lowest characters of Mexican, Latino , Asian, actually folks from any non-white group, will never be referred to as cockroaches, supremacists,etc. by white hating leftist journalists.

Former Republican
Former Republican

Mr. Attwood, Thank you for sharing your experience. You've provided a great public service. Arizona cannot get enough of the mass industrial prison complex it has become... maybe people will wake up after watching this.

Torture in US Prisonshttp://inteldaily.com/2010/11/...

Former Republican
Former Republican

Good article. With all that's been written about the ongoing fraud and corruption in Arizona, this comes to mind.... what are Arizona's people but "A Pawn in Their Game" - Harvey Silverglate - Injustice Department - Forbeshttp://blogs.forbes.com/harvey...

Uzi
Uzi

Shaun could be doing many things with his life. I believe his message to teens is very valuable. In no way does he glorify criminal behavior or the consequences of said behaviors at any time. If you read his blog or his other work, you would see how genuine his motives are and how much effort he has put towards his goals . He is working, giving back to society and living a healthy lifestyle. If only more prisoners would choose this route upon release.

deny saputra
deny saputra

Thank you really for helping make the post give light to many problems we have had before now.

Kschaeff
Kschaeff

Good article, Steve. I look forward to reading the book.

Zack
Zack

Phoenix crime statistics tell the story, all crimes in the city are above the National Average, murder is 2.24 above the average for the whole of the USA. Arpaio plays the media game constantly to get re-elected. He doesn’t do his job efficiently; he allows his unsentenced inmates to be tortured and killed, and swaggers across the airways boasting about how he treats prisoners in his care. His motto is ‘If you can’t do the time, don’t do the crime’. It seems to me that Attwood did his crimes and served his time. To survive for over 2 years in Arpaio’s gulags without injury or mental illness is a heroic achievement. Those idiots who drool over Arpaio’s every word would s**t in their pants if they ever were unlucky enough to be on the wrong side of the bars.What was Attwood supposed to do on his release? Go back to drug-dealing? Live on welfare? What he did do was to publicise the conditions in Maricopa County facilities, he didn’t turn his back on all the inmates still suffering back in Arizona. He has also learned from his mistakes, and tells his story to teenagers in the hope that they would not make the choices he did. This takes real guts.

Jason
Jason

Dear Mr. Atwood:

Good for you getting out of this sewer known as Arizona. Did you read that the Senile Spinster fired Blimpie and Lackey Blackie?

Captain Fox, you're next on the termination list. I can see your indictments and perp-walks in the air already.....

ShayneO
ShayneO

Nice that he turned his life around. Looks like the "vampire" turned out to be a nice guy after all.

Nobody is irredeemable.

Cozland
Cozland

Congratulations Shaun...glad you made it out of this HELLHOLE !

TrueAmerican
TrueAmerican

Stephen Lemmons is such an incredible fanboy for this meth-dealing criminal that I have to wonder if there isn't some sort of romantic relationship between the two of them. This article is appalling in it's sycophantic hero-worshipping. Lemmons, you need counseling.

Derick Attwood
Derick Attwood

B&C,

Briton uses jail experience to educate tens of thousands of young people. Would you rather he returns to a life of crime?

Town Crier
Town Crier

Kingpin Banned Briton bitches about US jail time; shills DVD's. "Feathered Bastard" laments.

Bobby
Bobby

Your'e having become a former Republican is a good move, but if you think salvation of this nation depends on supporting leftist democrats, GOOD LUCK.

Anon
Anon

uzi, many do given a chance and more then being dumped on the sidewalk with no cash.

Anon
Anon

You are not a "true American".

Native Guns
Native Guns

Ladies and Comrades, this is another prime example of a "Flaccid Fool" suck up. The asswipe is either an avid grey haired supporter of the senile law dog. Or is one those fat peared shaped "Posse" member, who can't fucking chase a criminal no more than 20 yards. Your ancient "hero" is going down sucker. Soon you'll be unemployed as your dubious "Posse" is disintegrated into shambles of old fat fannies with nowhere to go.

Kudos to the Feathered Bastard for his daily updates of informing the masses about the endless atrocities wrought on by the septaugenarian serpent at the helm of the MSCO. Keep informing the public Feathered Bastard. You are doing the public a great service with all these truths and facts, that needed to be told to the masses!!!

Heil Freedom!!

Adrian Cruz
Adrian Cruz

If the Bible told Stephen not to love Shawn, he'd punch him in the face... That's just good healthy man love.

Jay
Jay

Is that you Capt Fox?

Chicagonut
Chicagonut

I have to agree. This constant obsession with Arapaio is getting morbid.

Evil monsters must go!
Evil monsters must go!

The daily reign of terror is an obsession with these abusers and demands massive media coverage of the truth. Arizona's Watergate is crystal clear and no one should let up until every one of them are indicted and sent to Federal prison. They have violated the public trust and destroyed many lives in this culture of inhumanity and cruelty.

Tina
Tina

It's Arpaio who is obsessed with Arpaio. But aside from that, as far as investigative reporting goes, would you also classify Woodward and Bernstein's "obsession" with Watergate "morbid"?

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