Synopses & Reviews
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.
About the Author
Joe Arpaio (Phoenix, AZ) was a federal drug enforcement agent for almost 30 years, rising to the top ranks of U.S. law enforcement. He has appeared on nearly every influential television program across the country from 60 Minutes to Bill O’Reilly.
Len sherman (Scottsdale, AZ) has worked in politics, the media, and entertainment. He is the author of The Good, The Bad and the Famous , and the novel Jungle Law.
Table of Contents
1 The Bottom Line 1
2 Illegal Immigration 23
3 More Ways to Take On Immigration, from the Posse to ICE 41
4 From Immigration to Drugs 69
5 Thinking Outside the Box 87
6 The Posse 111
7 A Lifetime in Law Enforcement 131
8 Turkey 151
9 Back Home 171
10 Media Matters 203
11 Politics as Usual 227
Epilogue The More Things Stay the Same, the More They Better Change 239