Sheriff Joe Arpaio is running for the Senate now that he has been pardoned by Trump for his crime of contempt of court. The crime was visited on him by a judge who told him to stop rounding up illegals and dropping them back at the Mexican border as though they were illegals or something.
Yet despite the conviction or maybe because of it – it certainly wouldn’t do him any harm in the views of many people outside the WaPo journos – the 85-year-old Arpaio has a good shot at winning the Republican Senate primary.
There are other things in his favour besides doing his sworn duty as a copper, for instance:
His county, Maricopa County, was spending approximately $18 million dollars a year on stray animals, like cats and dogs. Sheriff Joe offered to take the department over, and the County Supervisors said okay.
The animal shelters are now all staffed and operated by prisoners. They feed and
care for the strays. Every animal in his care is taken out and walked twice daily. He now has prisoners who are experts in animal nutrition and behavior. They give great classes for anyone who’d like to adopt an animal. He has literally taken stray dogs off the street, given them to the care of prisoners, and had them place in dog shows.
The best part? His budget for the entire department is now under $3 million.
The prisoners get the benefit of about $0.28 an hour for working, very small, but most would work for nothing, just to be out of their cells for the day. Most of his budget is for utilities, building maintenance, etc. He pays the prisoners out of the fees collected for adopted animals.
Many long wondered when the rest of the country would take a look at the way he runs the jail system and copy some of his ideas. He has a huge farm, donated to the county years ago, where inmates can work, and they grow most of their own fresh vegetables and food, doing all the work and harvesting by hand.
He has a pretty good sized pig farm, which provides meat and fertilizer. It fertilizes the Christmas tree nursery, where prisoners work, and you can buy a living Christmas tree for $6 – $8 for the holidays and plant it later.
He was re-elected last year with 83% of the vote. Now he’s in trouble with the American Civil Liberties Union again. He painted all his buses and vehicles with a mural that has a special hotline phone number painted on it, where you can call and report suspected illegal aliens. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement were not doing enough in his eyes, so he had 40 deputies trained specifically for enforcing immigration laws, started up his hotline, and bought 4 new buses just for hauling them back to the border.
He created the ‘TentCity Jail’:
** He stopped smoking and porno magazines in the jail.
** Took away their weights.
** Cut off all but ‘G’ movies.
** He started chain gangs so the inmates could do free work on county and city projects.
** Then he started chain gangs for women so he wouldn’t get sued for discrimination.
** He took away cable TV until he found out there was a federal court order that required cable TV for jails, so he hooked up the cable TV again…..BUT only let in the Disney channel and the Weather channel.
** When the inmates complained, he told them,”This isn’t the Ritz/Carlton…… If you don’t like it, don’t come back.”