The Impact of Sheriff Joe Arpaio on Public Safety in Maricopa County

The Impact of Sheriff Joe Arpaio on Public Safety in Maricopa County

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The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff.

With the election of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio in 2011, there was much talk about “integrity in government” and, more importantly, about the impact of the sheriff’s department on public safety in Maricopa County. The talk was particularly intense about the department’s failure to arrest many people in Maricopa County for immigration violations.

In late 2012, Maricopa County voters approved Prop. 10, which made their sheriff’s office the largest in the country to have a county-level jail with inmate population management, drug courts, and community-based corrections including drug courts and diversion programs.

As part of the countywide jail, the sheriff’s office has three different prisons, the largest, a $1.6 billion jail.

The Sheriff’s Department has been on a hiring blitz since Arpaio came to office. The first six months after he assumed office saw the closure of at least 50 small county jails, one of the largest of which was the Pinal County Detention Center, which housed 1,000 inmates.

In early 2014, Maricopa County voters approved Proposition 203, which reduced the jail’s population from 800 to 200.

On June 11, 2014, Sheriff Arpaio was arrested in Maricopa County. The Maricopa County Sun reported that on the morning of the arrest he was walking to his office from his home in Scottsdale, Arizona, when he was caught by surprise by four deputies from the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office. The sheriff had been visiting his brother and nephews who had recently moved to his home.

A grand jury indicted Arpaio on criminal contempt of court charge for violating a court order to stop a practice of forcibly removing immigrants from the county jail who were being ordered to be sent to federal immigration detention because they could not pay a $5,000 bond for their court hearings.

On the date of the arrest, Arpaio was at his Scottsdale property where he was arrested by several deputies and taken to the Pinal County Jail. The sheriff was not arrested at his home

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