Joe's Law: America's Toughest Sheriff Takes on Illegal Immigration, Drugs, and Everything Else That Threatens America

Joe's Law: America's Toughest Sheriff Takes on Illegal Immigration, Drugs, and Everything Else That Threatens America

Joe's Law: America's Toughest Sheriff Takes on Illegal Immigration, Drugs, and Everything Else That Threatens America

Joe's Law: America's Toughest Sheriff Takes on Illegal Immigration, Drugs, and Everything Else That Threatens America

Synopsis


Outspoken, no-nonsense, and eminently fascinating, Joseph M. Arpaio captured the public's imagination from his first day as sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona, in 1992. He has become an icon, not only in his own state, but all over the world. For 15 years, he has maintained an unprecedented 80% approval rating. Famous for his "get smart and get tough" approach to jails, "Sheriff Joe," as he is universally known, conceived The Tent City Jail where he houses his inmates in surplus army tents left over from the Korean War. Known as the "Alcatraz of Arizona," the jail features chain gangs and stringent discipline. By eliminating all comforts for his inmates, he has managed to shave $500,000 annually from the cost of keeping prisoners. But he also offers a wide range of educational and therapeutic courses for inmates. To his ardent followers, he is a hero for both his toughness on crime and his sense of humanity. While his opponents decry him for his iron-fisted approach, no one can deny that Sheriff Joe is one of the country's most respected elected officials.

Joe's Law is an uncensored look by "America's Toughest Sheriff" at some of the most important and difficult issues facing America today. As the first law enforcement official in the country to arrest illegal immigrants, Arpaio tackles illegal immigration head on - how it intertwines with drug trafficking, taxes, and crime, and how it impacts healthcare and education as well. Arpaio offers innovative and fair ways to solve this dilemma and many others, not only in his own state but throughout the country. Compelling and courageous, this is a candid take on some of America's most pressing social problems, and one man's revolutionary vision for eliminating them.

Excerpt

We quickly tire of our heroes, probably because they’re not really heroes at all. They appear, they glitter, they are everywhere, and then we learn the truth that they are nothing but false fronts, Potemkin villages, hollow beings constructed for media absorption and public consumption out of slogans and hype and pictures, saying the correct things, supporting the accepted ideas, doing nothing in the end that benefits anyone but themselves and their backers. Politicians, corporate heads, actors, athletes, celebrities of every miscreant variety—they’re all part of the same media world we inhabit—and they’ve all disappointed us so many times that poll after poll demonstrates that we no longer trust any of our leading institutions.

And so to Joe Arpaio.

For more than twelve years, I’ve seen them come and go. I’ve watched the reporters find their way to Phoenix for the big interview, for their moment in the sun, and as we all know, the sun here can get pretty hot. They sweat through their tour of the tents, they go out on patrol with the posse, they stare at the pink underwear, the chain gangs, the public adulation. And they act like Columbus discovering America, like they’ve found something their audience will not believe, and they go home and do their story, which is the same story, over and over, declaring, and sometimes decrying, the wonder of Sheriff Joe, as he is known far and wide, and the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.

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