Kudos to Sheriff Joe Arpaio

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  1. Joel Russo

    Joel Russo Official LRH Sponsor

    Jul 5, 2006

    Sheriff Joe introduces segregated veterans' unit in Arizona jail

    By Aalia Shaheed/
    Published March 25, 2014/

    Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has introduced a new jail unit specifically for inmates who served in the military, joining eight other jail units under his jurisdiction in Phoenix, Arizona.

    "They fought for our country. The least we can do is help them. When some came back, some had mental problems. We have drug prevention programs, alcoholism," said Arpaio.

    Known to some as ‘America’s Toughest Sheriff," Joe Arpaio has drawn both intense praise and criticism. From male inmates in pink underwear to the world’s first ever-female chain gang, the sheriff makes no apologies for the way he runs his jail.

    He hopes segregating the veterans will help keep them on the right track.

    “I served in the military in the Korean War, so I have a bond with these guys. I want to see them succeed,” said Arpaio.

    The cell blocks in the veterans’ unit are painted red, white and blue. Flags from all branches of the military hang from the ceiling, and military themes adorn the walls.

    The unit is home to 250 veterans, the majority from Maricopa County’s Durango Jail, which houses over 2,200 general population male inmates.

    Inmate Touche Jamar Pouncey is an Operation Desert Storm/Desert Shield veteran. He is currently in jail for probation violation, and admits transitioning back to civilian life was a challenge.

    "I've seen decapitations, I've seen people burned up. I've seen a lot of things that affected my brain and why I do the things that I do now," Pouncey said.

    Maricopa County Jail provides special services to the veteran inmates suffering from PTSD, such as psychological attention and job training.

    "Right now, I'm going through a class for depression, stress, and for anger management," said inmate Miguel Angel Valdominos.

    Special treatment programs are not the only benefits. Inmates in the veterans’ unit do not see the gang wars that dominate the jail's general population.

    "Where we've come from and what we've experienced throughout the military is camaraderie. It's deeper than what your race is. Being here is a blessing because we don't have to deal with the constant violence," said Pouncey.

    Sheriff Joe says the program is still in the early stages, but he hopes it will keep these inmates on their feet upon release.

    "Everyone says they want to help the veterans, but we're actually doing something about it. We're doing this so these guys don't end up begging on the streets or back in here,” said Arpaio.

    Aalia Shaheed is part of the Junior Reporter program at Fox News. Get more information on the program here and follow them on Twitter: @FNCJrReporters
  2. cowboy

    cowboy Well-Known Member

    Jul 14, 2007
    All I can say is WOW - I was not aware of this, thanks for posting. You have to take your hat off to that sheriff, he's not afraid to try something new or be politically correct. Again - WOW.
    Would love to see what this country would be like after seeing him head up the White House after one term.

  3. DocB

    DocB Well-Known Member

    Oct 7, 2012
    God love you Sheriff Joe.

  4. dig

    dig Well-Known Member

    Sep 19, 2010
    As a lifetime AZ resident and long time Sheriff Joe supporters ENOUGH! This is another media stunt, Joe is way past his prime and hard on us taxpayers, he ownes/lives in a home over $3.5m, requires multiple full time body guards and is more concerned with his celebrity status then the people he serves. His policies now revolve more around headlines and book sales then sound law enforcement. He and his enterage travel like rock stars not LE. Read more about this "vet" plan and yes I am a veteran. Hang it up Joe, enjoy your 80's and save us tax payers the funds.

    FEENIX Well-Known Member

    Dec 20, 2008
    You go Joe! :cool:

    You can NEVER satisfy everybody ... but press on! :Dgun)
  6. SidecarFlip

    SidecarFlip Well-Known Member

    Dec 12, 2011
    I'd have bodyguards too. He's not, shall we say, a popular person. Far as high dollar digs, who cares. He earned them and I'm sure he has a mortgage.

    My nephew spent some time in one of his tent camps, something he thinks about. Good deterret far as I'm concerned.

    Keep up the good work.....

    We need a whole country with LEO of the same temperment. Things would be better and safer.
  7. Garyshome

    Garyshome Well-Known Member

    Dec 18, 2013
    I like the way Joe thinks!