America's Toughest Sheriff: How We Can Win the War Against Crime

Len Sherman, Author, Sheriff Arpaio, Author, Joe Arpaio, Joint Author Summit Publishing Group $22.95 (284p) ISBN 978-1-56530-202-0
After 32 years as a federal drug official, Arpaio was elected sheriff of Maricopa County in Arizona, an area as large as New Jersey. Confronted with a 10% budget cut and overcrowded jails, he houses prisoners in tents in the desert. Prohibitions are strict: no smoking, no coffee, no nudie magazines, no violent TV shows. There are educational opportunities, but only 30% of the inmates participate. Arpaio instituted chain gangs, composed of volunteers, to do clean-up work; he also organized a civilian corps to assist his department. The mass media have attacked Arpaio as a vestige of a bygone era, but his book, written with Sherman (The Good, Bad and the Famous), makes a strong case that he is a tough, not a cruel, cop. Photos not seen by PW. (Apr.)
Reviewed on: 12/30/1996
Release date: 01/01/1997
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