California May Free Ill and Elderly Inmates, but Joe Arpaio Offers to Jail Them Instead

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Sheriff Joe Arpaio


Due to prison overcrowding in California, state officials there are planning to release about a thousand inmates and relocate thousands more, according to recent media reports.

The plan, according to the Los Angeles Times, is that "low-level criminals, as well as seriously ill and elderly inmates, could be released."

That's not sitting well with Maricopa County (Arizona) Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

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In the elderly Sheriff's latest attempted attention-grab, he released a letter he wrote to California Governor Jerry Brown, asking him not to release the prisoners.

Prisoners, who, according to the L.A. Times, committed low-level, nonviolent crimes. Or "are at least 60, have served at least 25 years of their term and are not sentenced to death or life without parole." Also, those who have a "terminal illness or a severe disability such as Alzheimer's disease or paralysis," the paper reports.

Arpaio suggests the tent method instead. Arpaio claimed his city of tents -- which he once called a "concentration camp" -- is the way to go.

"A release of so many prisoners is not only a threat to the people of California, it is also of serious concern to the citizens of neighboring states, including Arizonans," Arpaio's letter says. "The situation calls for decisive action on the part of those charged with protecting the public. Additionally, throwing open the jail doors is an affront to the entire judicial system and is a bitter blow at the principles underlying the people's faith in our institutions."

Arpaio's accompanying press release clarified the point of the letter: "Arpaio's invitation to tour Tent City or to consider the feasibility of a possible transfer of some of California's inmates to jails here in Maricopa County under Arpaio's jurisdiction has reached the California Governor's Office."

Since Arpaio has such a great record of jailing ill inmates (see: What's Mom Worth?: When a Woman Became Deathly Ill in Sheriff Joe Arpaio's Jail, Guards and Nurses Ignored Her Agony), we're sure California prison officials can't wait to just bus over a bunch of inmates to Maricopa County.

Or, maybe Arpaio just wants to spread his "concentration camp" concept to other states. Based on the Times report, it looks like Cali's already got it figured out without Arpaio's, uh, help.

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Francisco Cortez
Francisco Cortez

All for profit! This man is a joke and so are his blind supporters.

ldtay
ldtay

Why do people keep electing him ?? 

TaxpayingVoter
TaxpayingVoter

Why should a governor from another state even give an ignorant media whore of a county sheriff the time of day??

Joe is an embarrassment.

wtf...
wtf...

"In the elderly Sheriff's latest attempted attention-grab"

Why are you reporting on this then??? why give him more media time when we all know they are not going to transfer those inmates here.

Why are you still working at NT?

robert_graham
robert_graham topcommenter

Regardless if inmates are ill, elderly or even dead, because they broke the law they must be locked up - PERIOD!

Nichols
Nichols

Im surprised that Arpaio hasn't offered to teach Governor Brown some of his other tactics to reduce overcrowding in Jail: Gang Jailor(Goon Squads) Tasing, Beating, and Choking People as they as soon as they are brought inside Arpaio's wonderful "Institutions".

Brown could recruit Racist Pieces of Human Garbage to run California Jails like the Jails in Maricopa County?!

Please Governor Brown Recruit Arpaio to California?!

Eric Marshall
Eric Marshall

gotta have a reason to keep those private prison beds open so the companies can keep their hidden profits! \

Kevin Moyers
Kevin Moyers

I think he's king of the douches, but your age and health don't negate a crime you're serving a sentence for. What happens if their health returns? Do we throw them back in the can? A life sentence should be a life sentence, no matter what.

TommyCollins
TommyCollins topcommenter

How seriously stupid is that mentally ill elderly elected official?

He wants to import prisoners from another state, so he can show that the Maricopa jails are overbooked, thus requesting further funds from the taxpayers, to help solve California problems?

When their terms are up most of those released from MCSO would likely STAY in Arizona and most of them would likely commit further crimes.

The elderly man is mentally ill.

rha39
rha39

All states should send their prisoners to Sheriff Joe. See if he can handle around 200,000 plus.

enigma9000aa
enigma9000aa

Adio's Amigo's its been fun, but getting late, and I have done about all the 1st amendment venting I feel able to do today!;-)

enigma9000aa
enigma9000aa

Where is Frank Antenori today? Another has been extreme right winger, angry at losing his mojo, denigrating his fellow republicans and trying to revive his sagging political career and also venting his anger at no one really cares what he thinks but those few who like him live on hate, racism and bigotry!

enigma9000aa
enigma9000aa

Where is old Arpaio's pal Russell Pearce today? Lost his senate seat, lost his mojo and is vaguely remembered for one thing being connected to SB 1070 and JT Ready the late Neo-Nazi commander who committed murder/suicide!

http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2012/05/03/475840/reported-neo-nazi-spree-killer-called-sb-1070-sponsor-russell-pearce-his-surrogate-father/

I venture a guess one day we will be vaguely remembering Arpaio as what he was a elderly cruel racist who used his position and power to abuse folks he despised, hated and disliked!

enigma9000aa
enigma9000aa

As a retired US Marine, news junkie in my old age, I think when ever I feel that Tucson is a bit bonkers with our local self proclaimed super man Jon Justice of 104.1 FM radio and his side kick James T. Harris with their never ending parade of racism, bigotry I will remind myself us folks here in Tucson might be saddled with someone elected like Joe Arpaio costing us tax payers untold tens of millions in legal fees, judgments, fines to have what a entertainment show of green bologna sandwiches, tent city, round ups of illegals who are doing work many Americans will not do, and giving Phoenix, Maricopa the infamous name as the new Alabama of the west and Arpaio playing the part of Bull Conner's! I think I will opt for our Looney tune right wing shock jocks who at best entertain, make me laugh, keep me reminded why I will never make the mistake I did once voting for Nixon!

enigma9000aa
enigma9000aa

Arpaio's greatest enemy is not human, not political but father time!;-)

enigma9000aa
enigma9000aa

Joe Arpaio reminds me of another infamous old southern lawman named Sam Garrison he was the warden of the North Carolina prison system, infamous as a young Lt. guard when he ordered his men to shoot 80 something sitting inmates protesting prison conditions in 1960's, a commander of the Highway Patrol had to order him and his men to cease fire under threat of being shot themselves, not much was done then, he was promoted over the years to Warden then forced out in retirement when so many law suits finally forced the state of North Carolina to fix its broken prison system at a cost of $300 million dollars! Ironic twist to his story was his wife left him, he was arrested for shoplifting $5 worth of fishing equipment from a store, later attributed to his diabetes and declining mental health, he is deceased now as all men and women one day die and have to face their maker! Much like ole Arpaio he had allegations made against him of cruelty, abuse, he sent one inmates body home to the family with the stomach missing, inmate had died under mysterious unknown circumstances who just happened to have sued him in federal court! I remember this fellow due to he so much in his career seemed to be immune to and above any law to bring him to justice, in end I think ole Joe Arpaio will face a justice all his fans might as well, which is fitting they can enjoy debating each other for all eternity how they chose that wide and easy path in life!

enigma9000aa
enigma9000aa

One thing I never do is feed the animals at the zoo, much as I  never feed the cyber trolls, so will ignore them here, but that being said can remember years ago some southern states having their prison systems taken over by federal government due to failure either in willingness or political will to obey federal court orders to fix over crowding issues, one state in particular had 1100 inmates released, they fired every single state administrator and replaced them with a federally hired one to administer the state prison system and billed the state for the costs! I think to date ole Joe Arpaio has maybe saved a few pennies in his methods, but cost latterly tens of millions in lost civil suit fines, judgments to be paid by his fans as well as his non fans in Maricopa county! I guess I am glad I am in Pima County!;-)

Lucia Perry
Lucia Perry

Have to keep those private prisons full! I hope, when his time comes, that Arpaio has an appropriate death and gets his own "justice."

s_bogal
s_bogal

just so everyone understands this, Charles Manson would be eligible for release. he is in his late 70's, i believe. his death sentence was commuted to a life sentence. not a life sentence with no chance of release. he has had many parole hearing already, since the 1970's. he could be released in this action. and guess what? he is still just as crazy as he was when they put him in there. but, yeah, this could let him go free. he isn't the only one.


John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt
John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt

Because California is such a raging success story.... "Due to prison overcrowding in California, state officials there are planning to release about a thousand inmates and relocate thousands more, according to recent media reports."

Marco Cruz
Marco Cruz

cali is a piece of shit and since they have lowered the bar on crimes committed, im sure what they consider to be low level criminals are considered full blown repeat offending criminals everywhere else in society. just because theyre old or "ill" doenst mean theyre not capable of breaking the law again....just look at the 80 year old drug dealer and search DPS for elderly sex offenders in your neighborhood...AZ is the dumping ground for califakers who think they can bang and claim harder in this state just because they come from cali. fuck califlower and all califairies.

Esai Esparza
Esai Esparza

Very nice of him when he's not the one footing the bill!!!

enigma9000aa
enigma9000aa

Wow as a resident of Tucson I do feel sorry for those in Phoenix who have to live with this Gestapo style Commander of the local concentration camps, but us Pima County residents do have our crosses to bear and burdens, in the form of two local right wing shock jocks, both have been imported to Pima County one Jon Justice not his real name from Michigan, a white fellow who loves to denigrate, mock Hispanic's and us democrats which is ironic since southern Arizona is predominately democrat unlike northern Arizona! Then they have the self hating black fellow they imported from Midwest named James T. Harris who thinks all his black folks are lazy, shiftless, welfare and food stamp addicts to name a few things he loves to speak on, no doubt he gets a laugh or two from the local Neo-Nazi's, Skin Heads, White supremacist Minute men brigades down here, do think he is their official mascot!

http://www.1041thetruth.com/blogs/jamestharrisblog/218584001.html

elmergantry71
elmergantry71

"Additionally, throwing open the jail doors is an affront to the entire judicial system and is a bitter blow at the principles underlying the people's faith in our institutions."

Come on. Really? He thinks people have faith in these institutions? What a maroon.

Dontbelieveit
Dontbelieveit

@Arizona Highrise How long is this MEDIA WHORE  going to carry this on ..It was funny the first time but he's wore out interest in this same bullshit ....nothing new WE BELIEVE hE'S SO FULL OF crap............GIVE IT A break joke  Enough already ..What's next chupacabras .or leprechauns?

FuckJoeArpaio
FuckJoeArpaio

@JoeArpaioFan  Yeah, that's the ticket, JoeArpaioFan, let's keep dead prisoners locked up.  That makes a lot of sense.  You are one dumb SOB.  Oh, and Fuck Joe Arpaio

enigma9000aa
enigma9000aa

@TommyCollins 

Arpaio is a ego maniac at minimum, at maximum he and some of his underlings are devotee's of the Marquis De Sade!

Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

Maricopa County and the tax payers could never afford the civil suits that would surely follow from Bozo Joe's malfeasance.

TommyCollins
TommyCollins topcommenter

@enigma9000aa That story is especially stupid. MCSO has NO jurisdiction in this matter. It's being investigated by Phoenix Police Department, NOT MCSO. If PPD needs assistance from MCSO they will request it, which isn't likely. The last thing they need is the elderly elected official being involved.

Jukes
Jukes

@enigma9000aa Greetings from a fellow Tucsonan and news junkie.  Unfortunately, I have yet to develop the talent to laugh at this stuff.  At least I am a glad that our sheriff may only be four years younger than Arpaio, but he's not a sadist and a victim of celebrity derangement syndrome.  I'm thankful he uses our tax money to make sure the Pima County Sheriff''s Office has well-trained employees and up-to-date equipment instead of spending it to grandstand in support of the  political causes of the radical right.

enigma9000aa
enigma9000aa

@s_bogal 

You might wish to re-read the statement made by governor brown he plainly stated no one with life sentences would be eligible for this but at some point even Manson will become a feeble harmless old man in a wheel chair unable to even wipe his own rear end, since it seems he is living a long life even if a evil one!;-)

hapstone2
hapstone2

@enigma9000aa You know I confess that I just haven't noticed any skin heads supremicists, minute men or neo nazis you speak of ....(heard a lot about it but haven't seen many) ....for the screaming spitting ultra-dramtic wailing of a few Latinos claiming to speak for all Latinos  and the growing pile of bodies left in our desert and the deserts of Mexico by the Mexican government and La Raza.  And the growing number of NarcoDreamer cartel contingents smuggling drugs into the state. These seem just a bit more compelling. 

enigma9000aa
enigma9000aa

@Cozz @rha39 

I see why fans of ole Arpaio are so silly, they really believe the county can print their own money!:-)

yourproductsucks
yourproductsucks

@TommyCollins You are wrong.  PPD has been gracious in making this a combined effort to find justice for this fallen Detention Officer.  From the beginning there has been a concerted effort on the part of both agencies. 

Are you too far removed and have such hatred for one person that you've lost common sense in recognizing professional courtesy?  Stop making this tragedy about all things arpaio.  This Detention Officer's family deserves more respect from those tied to the law enforcement community than you are giving them.

s_bogal
s_bogal

@enigma9000aa@s_bogal 

i am reading the article above.

 "Prisoners, who, according to the L.A. Times, committed low-level, nonviolent crimes. Or "are at least 60, have served at least 25 years of their term and are not sentenced to death or life without parole." Also, those who have a "terminal illness or a severe disability such as Alzheimer's disease or paralysis," the paper reports."

note the word OR. first word, second sentence. he is over 60 years old. he has served at least 25 years. he is not sentenced to death. his sentenced was commuted to life in prison.  he was not sentenced to life without parole. he has had several parole hearings since at least the 1970's. he meets all criteria for the second sentence. the one that starts with OR. that sentence even negates the low-level, nonviolent crime criteria.  

chuck, himself, wouldn't be the big issue. him being out on in the public would be bad enough. but ole charlie still has followers. and where he goes they go. if you thought those people were bat ship crazy back then you ought to hear about them now. just recently they smuggled yet another phone into the prison for him.and yeah, he made several calls before the guards found out. maybe he was ordering pizza. who knows.

i am not agreeing or disagreeing with sheriff joe joker. i don't think he has a right to do that. but i could be wrong. i'm not a lawyer. but while i don't think he could legally do that, i have to wonder how many options are there to keeping us safe is someone like that is released and moves here.

before everyone has that knee jerk reaction and says 'oh no, you can't get away with that' think about what you would be agreeing to. i wouldn't want that man as a neighbor. would you? he is eligible according to this article. what revisions may have been made to the release criteria since i first wrote, i don't know.

i speak from personal knowledge about this. not with manson. but for years i thought there was a person safely tucked away in the fed pen with at least another 15 years left. just found out a few months ago that person has been living in northern cali for the last several years. ?????  this guy is just as crazy as charlie. if he weren't trying to start his own cult he would probably hook up with chuck and be best buds. 

so, ok. what if it isn't charlie? what if it is someone worse?


Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

@HILLFOLKREDNECK

You're a fucking idiot, nothing more and nothing less.

TommyCollins
TommyCollins topcommenter

@yourproductsucks My reply was to the story that was linked. The D.O. was really not a 'colleague' and the elderly elected official you work for is certainly NOT America's toughest anything, from what I see. I'm sorry for the death of the detention officer. The investigation should eventually determine motive, but at this time it's all speculation. PPD may be asking MCSO for information on the victim, but otherwise they certainly don't need MCSO involved. If I offended you with my remarks, that's ok. I have the right to post my opinion, as do you. I, however, don't hide.

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