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Sun Jan 26, 2014, 10:12 AM

Arizona sheriff puts inmates on bread and water

(Reuters) - Dozens of inmates in Arizona jails run by a sheriff who has been a controversial figure in the national immigration debate have been put on a diet of bread and water for desecrating U.S. flags that hang in each cell, authorities said on Friday.

Maricopa County lawman Joe Arpaio, who has been called "America's toughest sheriff," said 38 inmates were currently getting these meals twice a day as punishment for destroying government property while in custody at six jails.

"These inmates have destroyed the American flag that was placed in their cells. Tearing them, writing on them, stepping on them, throwing them in the toilet, trash or wherever they feel," Arpaio said in a statement. "It's a disgrace to those who have fought for our country."

The punishment will last for seven days, he said, and a second offense would bring 10 more days of the sparse diet.

A sheriff's spokesman said the bread provides the daily requirement of calories and nutrients that is necessary. There are about 8,300 inmates in the jail system.

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Dan Pochoda, legal director for the American Civil Liberties Union in Arizona, called the move a "publicity stunt."

"It's certainly not illegal, but what he is doing is bad policy," Pochoda said. "It's just another vindictive policy that has nothing to do with running a good jail system."

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http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/01/24/us-usa-arpaio-flags-idUSBREA0N1II20140124

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Response to marble falls (Original post)

Sun Jan 26, 2014, 10:44 AM

1. Grand Inquisitor Arapio fails to understand punishment is not HIS to dole out, that was done

by the Judge and the law which took away the freedom of the accused, and punishment ended then.

Punishment after loss of freedom is sadism. State punishment after loss of freedom is state torture and a crime against humanity.

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Response to marble falls (Original post)

Sun Jan 26, 2014, 10:52 AM

2. Bread and water...

was initially used as a punishment for inmates because it causes a lot of intestinal distress including severe constipation.

It's torture. Plain and simple.

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Response to marble falls (Original post)

Sun Jan 26, 2014, 11:11 AM

3. Sheriff Joe Arpaio Gags on Jail Nutraloaf:

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Response to marble falls (Original post)

Sun Jan 26, 2014, 11:13 AM

4. A douche bag putting a flag in every jail cell is the one desecrating it! Who ever heard of that

before that clown came up with the idea? Just another publicity stunt.

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Response to brewens (Reply #4)

Sun Jan 26, 2014, 12:05 PM

5. He's a mean spirited bastard who lost whatever money saved by tents in lawsuits he's lost ....

over other abuses.

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Response to marble falls (Original post)

Sun Jan 26, 2014, 02:00 PM

6. How do we get rid of this clown permanently?

he's been sued, he's been investigated by federal agents, he's a laughingstock...and yet somehow he refuses to go the fuck away forever.

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Response to Chan790 (Reply #6)

Sun Jan 26, 2014, 11:54 PM

7. Hope his Lord calls him home, I guess...

Arpaio is going to be sheriff until he dies of old age, because there are people who will vote for him no matter how crooked he is.

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