Here are a few points made during this debate:
- Sheriffs SGT. PAUL JERNIGAN: “Jail is not supposed to be pleasant, it is supposed to rehabilitate the people that are going to change their lives once they decide, jail is not for me.”
- SHERIFF JOE ARPAIO, (Maricopa County, AZ): Describes the 140 degree heat in the Korean War tents where he houses his inmates on the Arizona desert. He says,“It gets hot out but I don’t care. Our men and women who are fighting in Irag (have the same conditions). He says the inmates complain about the meals that cost 30 cents a day, they tell him they hate the food, but he says he doesn’t care. “I hope they never come back….NEVER COME BACK”.
- MERRICK BOBB, (Renowned Police Reformer): Says, “with due respect to the Sheriff, it is not the jailers role to punish an individual.....they cannot be mean, thoughtless, they must provide basic human needs” He says the role of the jailer is “to provide food, shelter, mental care, access to lawyers and whatever the law subscribes”.
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