19th Anniversary of the “Tent City”

On August 3, 2012, Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio celebrated the 19th anniversary of the “Tent City”, a camp that he established in Maricopa County to imprison undocumented people and criminals.  The tents are unheated in winter and uncooled in summer—inside temperatures have been recorded as high as 145 degrees.  To humiliate these human beings seeking a better life, Arpaio forces them to dress in 19th century chain-gang stripes, and forces male prisoners to wear pink underpants.  Tent City is ranked as one of America’s 10 worst prisons. A 2011 Justice Department report found “a pervasive culture of discriminatory bias against Latinos” in the jails run by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.

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