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

Len Sherman, Author, Sheriff Arpaio, Author, Joe Arpaio, Joint Author
Len Sherman, Author, Sheriff Arpaio, Author, Joe Arpaio, Joint Author Summit Publishing Group $22.95 (284p) ISBN 978-1-56530-202-0
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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.)
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