Arizona Sheriff To Run Chain Gangs At All-Star Game

PHOENIX (AP) — Fans entering Chase Field for the Major League Baseball All Star Game will get to see one of Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s chain gangs picking up trash.

The Arizona Republic reports a group of inmates from the Maricopa County sheriff’s holding area for suspected illegal immigrants will be on the chain gang with drunken driving offenders. All will be chained together and decked out in their striped jail uniforms.

Arpaio says it’s his way of sending a message about the perils of drunken driving.

The self-proclaimed “America’s toughest sheriff” has sent similar messages before, placing DUI chain gangs along Glendale Avenue during the last Super Bowl.

Arpaio also is known for putting inmates in tents and pink underwear and for banning coffee and R-rated movies from his jail.

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  • Jack

    These drunk drivers are a heartless bunch – nothing will make them change. Like the idea of chain gang duty – they should be required to clean up after drunk driving accidents – nothing like cleaning up body parts after an accident …

  • Ex P.O.

    Sherrif Arpaio is the ONLY REAL sheriff in the country,keep up the good work Joe!!!!

  • Roberta Waker

    Too bad we can’t clone Sheriff Arpaio. We can certainly use him here in Illinois. His prisoners aren’t too anxious to return to his jail when they get out, which is the way it SHOULD be. Jail should be a punishment, NOT a country club.

  • Beenthere

    Sheriff Joe is the biggest criminal on this earth . He’s not teaching punishment, he’s running a business ! It will catch up with him.

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