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America's Toughest Sheriff Hosting 'Mugshot of the Day'

America's Toughest Sheriff Hosting 'Mugshot of the Day'

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The Daily Mail via YellowBrix

April 20, 2011

MARICOPA COUNTY, AZ – He is known for dressing inmates in pink underwear and feeding them green baloney.

And now America’s toughest Sheriff has come up with a new initiative to give the public a voice in law enforcement – an online Mugshot of the Day competition.

Arizona-based Joe Arpaio, known for his uncompromising stance on crime, is letting the public browse through the mugshots of those arrested each day and then vote for their favorite.

The Maricopa County, Arizona Sheriff says he hopes the increased Web traffic will highlight the work of his employees.

He also says more crimes may be uncovered if the public can view the photos.

The top picks so far aren’t unexpected: They’re the most disheveled, unusual looking people among those booked into an Arizona jail.

And while the new scheme may be controversial, it has the overwhelming backing of those using the site, with 4102 out of the 4964 people who have voted so far agreeing with Arpaio.

Visitors to the Sheriff’s page mcso.org are greeted with the day’s current most popular shot.

The top seven most popular pictures are displayed first.

Users can also sort those arrested by crime, picking via a menu ranging from sexual offenses to assault.

Last month Arpaio was criticized for raiding a suspected cock fighting farm with a SWAT team, a bomb robot, two armored vehicles, and action movie star Steven Segal.

Jesus Llovera, 42, was arrested for cockfighting after the operation involving Steven Seagal, 58, who drove a tank onto the property as he shot a reality television show.

The Sheriff also came under fire in 2008 for his controversial stance on illegal immigrants.

He was accused of dispatching teams of sheriff’s deputies into Hispanic communities where they stopped and arrested anyone who could not prove he or she was a legal U.S. resident.

The tactic drew heavy criticism from Hispanic activists, local lawmakers and the Phoenix mayor, who called the crackdown on immigrants a clear case of racial profiling in which only people who looked Hispanic were targeted.

And this month an examination of Maricopa County’s finances found that the sheriff’s office, inappropriately spent $99 million from two jail funds over the last eight years to pay for other law enforcement operations – including immigration patrols.

The $99 million figure is an update to an estimate made in September by budget officials who said the sheriff’s office was believed to have used $60 million and $80 million over four or five years from a jail tax on other purposes.

Since then, officials said they discovered that the sheriff’s office had inappropriately spent money from a second jail.

The findings by county budget officials discussed at a meeting Wednesday were sent to federal prosecutors who were already investigating Arpaio on abuse of power allegations.


The mugshot initiative is just one of a long list of unorthodox methods employed by the notorious Sheriff.

According to the Maricopa County website, Arpaio served in the U.S. Army from 1950 to 1953 before working as a policeman in Washington, D.C. and Las Vegas.

He rose to worldwide fame In August 1993, when he started the nation’s largest Tent City for convicted inmates.

Nearly two thousand convicted men and women now serve their sentences in the temporary canvas city, sweltering in the unrelenting heat.

During the summer of 2003, when outside temperatures exceeded 43 °C, Arpaio famously said to complaining inmates, ’It’s 120 degrees in Iraq and the soldiers are living in tents, have to wear full body armor, and they didn’t commit any crimes, so shut your mouths.’

He is also known for bringing back chain gangs to carry out road repairs, painting public buildings and even working as part time undertakers burying the county’s dead.

His tough line on stealing led to perhaps his most memorable stunt, making inmates in the county’s prison system wear pink underwear.

He has also banned smoking, coffee, movies, pornographic magazines, and unrestricted TV in all jails.


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    OlympicJoy

    about 3 years ago

    374 Comments

    Go get 'em, Sheriff Joe!

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    CopwithGlock

    over 3 years ago

    58 Comments

    The only thing I hate about Sheriff Joe Arpaio, is that I don't work for him and that I can't vote for him!

    Sheriff Joe Apaio for President 2012!

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    dinapooh

    over 3 years ago

    532 Comments

    GO SHERIFF JOE!!!

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    vsp_lowe

    over 3 years ago

    2956 Comments

    THis is the greatest idea ever!!

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    tnpolice

    over 3 years ago

    2 Comments

    The only reason they are after Sheriff Joe is because HE runs his jails and not the inmates

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    pudhcat

    over 3 years ago

    2522 Comments

    awesome....absolutely awesome!...I should enter "Lockhart Ronnie" - lmao!!!

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    Whalewatcher

    over 3 years ago

    11194 Comments

    Looks like he got caught breaking into a baking soda factory !!!!

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    mz66

    over 3 years ago

    3854 Comments

    @cgingo: Hopefully those wont be the only two choices.

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    cgingo

    over 3 years ago

    21884 Comments

    Trump or Sheriff Joe? Joe's got my vote.

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    RetireToTennessee

    over 3 years ago

    36 Comments

    On this Easter Sunday let’s ask ourselves some questions about how we see sinners. Is our main focus retribution? Do we want them to rejoin society; or remain forever outcasts?

    How does Arpaio’s approach fit with our answer to those questions? Does a contest to see who are the most disheveled, unusual looking people among those booked into an Arizona jail serve that purpose? Does making prisoners wear pink underwear serve that purpose?

    To all those who wish to add to a prisoner’s ordeal, I have the following observation. My father who served in combat in the Pacific in WWII, and spent 23 years as a beat patrolman in one of NYC’s toughest neighborhoods, would tell me often: “Men are all quick to demand justice, but for themselves they want mercy.”

    For those among us who call ourselves Christians, I have one question. What kind of a jail would Jesus run?

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    mpd567

    over 3 years ago

    126 Comments

    I think there are enough of us willing to campaign for him that we could get him elected for president if we could just get him to run.

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    Whalewatcher

    over 3 years ago

    11194 Comments

    (Sarcastically) Look at all the things the mean ole Sheriff has banned. He just has to be the meanset person, ever .......

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    Whalewatcher

    over 3 years ago

    11194 Comments

    I thought illegal aliens were ............ illegal. And he's the sheriff, so ........

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    DALLASCRANE

    over 3 years ago

    19382 Comments

    I already cast my vote. Leaving in tents is voluntary and has a waiting list.

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    DALLASCRANE

    over 3 years ago

    19382 Comments

    The law requires TV so he gives them the Travel and Disney channel. Punishment enough?

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