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Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s Infamous ‘Tent City Jail’ Closes

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio signs autographs for inmates as he walks by “Tent City” in Phoenix in 2012.

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Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio signs autographs for inmates as he walks by “Tent City” in Phoenix in 2012.

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The seven-acre “Tent City Jail” in Phoenix that helped make former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio a domicile name has been sensitively struck once and for all after housing inmates for scarcely a entertain century.

The Arizona Republic reports that prisoners from a barbarous jail, done of Korean-War-era tents to assuage crawl from some-more required facilities, were eliminated late Saturday to a circuitously Durango Jail.

Bunk beds are unprotected where tents used to shade them in a Maricopa County’s Tent City Jail, in May.

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Bunk beds are unprotected where tents used to shade them in a Maricopa County’s Tent City Jail, in May.

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Tent City was criticized by many for purported vicious conditions, generally in a Phoenix summers. Others, including Arpaio, saw it as an countenance of formidable “get-tough” proceed to crime.

The jail, non-stop in 1993, “was a philharmonic that captivated most inhabitant courtesy for Mr. Arpaio’s surprising practices: Most inmates were released pinkish underwear to wear underneath their jumpsuits, racy magazines were criminialized and a Food Channel was promote in a cafeteria while a inmates ate dual meatless dishes a day. Inmates also endured intensely prohibited conditions, something tellurian rights groups criticized as cruel,” according to The New York Times.

Arpaio, who was convicted progressing this year of rapist disregard for bootleg detentions of undocumented immigrants, was subsequently pardoned in Aug by President Trump.

Arpaio voiced honour in a trickery even as his successor, Sheriff Paul Penzone, sought to tighten it.

The Republic writes:

“Tent City cost taxpayers about $8.6 million final year to sojourn open. Officials in Apr pronounced shutting a trickery would save approximately $4.5 million annually.

Penzone pronounced in Apr that Tent City would be phased out over a subsequent 6 months rather than shuttering on a organisation date. This, he said, authorised time for a group to establish where and how to residence inmates on work recover conditions, who are liberated during work or propagandize hours.”