New Maricopa County Sheriff Announces Shutdown Of Joe Arpaio’s Infamous Jail
The legacy of one of the most despised sheriffs in America is coming to an end. Tent City, the infamous open-air desert jail founded by Arizona’s former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, is coming down, the new sheriff in town announced Tuesday.
In a Tuesday press conference, Democratic Sheriff Paul Penzone, who defeated the odious and ethically-challenged Joe Arpaio by a wide margin in November, announced the facility would be dismantled, 12 News’ Brahm Resnik reported.
“The circus ends and it’s coming down today,” Penzone said.
“It’s like closing Guantanamo,” a resident said of the announcement.
The Arpaio-founded jail acquired an infamous reputation for holding inmates — many of whom were detained under his hardline immigration enforcement policies — outdoors in scorching Arizona summer heat. Temperatures often soared north of 110 degrees Fahrenheit, while Arpaio forced the inmates to wear pink outfits and eat disgusting meals.
But, finally, justice has come to Arizona.