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Dec 28, 2003
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With temperatures being even hotter than usual in Phoenix (116
degrees just set a new record), the Associated Press reports:

About 2,000 inmates living in a barbed-wire-surrounded tent
encampment at the Maricopa County Jail have been given permission to
strip down to their government-issued pink boxer shorts.

On Wednesday, hundreds of men wearing boxers were either curled up
on their bunk beds or chatted in the tents, which reached 138
degrees inside the week before.

Many were also swathed in wet, pink towels as sweat collected on
their chests and dripped down to their pink socks.

"It feels like we are in a furnace," said James Zanzot, an inmate
who has lived in the tents for 1 1/2 years. "It's inhumane."

Joe Arpaio, the tough-guy sheriff who created the tent city and long
ago started making his prisoners wear pink, and eat bologna
sandwiches, is not one bit sympathetic

He said Wednesday that he told all of the inmates:

"It's 120 degrees in Iraq and our soldiers are living in tents too,
and they have to wear full battle gear, but they didn't commit any
crimes . . . so shut your mouths."
i like that sheriff. he has ----- the size of watermelons. he doesn't back up from the ACLU or anyone else. if more sheriffs and prisons took that approach, there would be less crimes committed by the people when they get out of jail, because they won't want to go back

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