Joe Arpaio Essay

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Joe Arpaio Has Maricopa County Sheriff, Joe Arpaio, had a positive or negative impact on his community and the prison system? Outline I. Background a. Growing up b. Military experience c. Criminal justice career II. Changes made while sheriff d. Prison changes e. Tent City f. Chain Gangs g. Pink III. Controversy h. Supporters/ Non- Supporters i. Arpaio’s impact on other prison IV. Conclusion Joe Arpaio was born in Springfield, Massachusetts on June 13, 1932. Arpaio was raised by his dad who was a grocery store owner, because his mom died during labor. Arpaio graduated high school and worked in his dad’s store until he was 18 when he joined the Army. He served in the Army from 1950 to 1954 in the “Medical Detachment Division” and was also a M.P. After he was honorably discharged from the army in 1954, he moved to Washington, D.C. and became a police officer, a few years later he moved to Las Vegas. He served as a police officer there for 6 months before he was appointed as a special agent with the DEA. During his 25-years with the DEA, he was stationed in Turkey and Mexico, and eventually advanced to the position of head of the DEA's Arizona branch. In 1992, Arpaio successfully campaigned for the office of Maricopa County Sheriff. He was re-elected in 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2008, and is still currently the Sheriff at 77 yrs. old. Arpaio married his wife Ava in 1958, they now have two children and four grandchildren. [1,2] As Sheriff Arpaio has made many drastic changes to the Maricopa County prison, he believed there is no reason why inmates should be pampered and wanted to put an end to inmates taking their prison privileges for granted. He began to serve the inmates surplus food and limited meals to twice a day. He also banned inmates from possessing "sexually explicit material"

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