The American Civil Liberties Union is in a federal district court beginning today (8/12/08)seeking to rebuff an attempt by Maricopa County and its sheriff, Joe Arpaio, to terminate a federal consent decree mandating that he maintain conditions at the Maricopa County Jail that meet constitutional minimums.
These deplorable conditions are designed not only to ensure a very high conviction rate under duress,as most people presented with the deal the DA offers are ready to sign just to get out of the torturous conditions whether guilty or not,but to ensure that these pre-trial/convicted persons are dealt with some violence or another(psychological,emotional,physical) due to the sadistic nature of an agenda.
An extreme profit(at many levels and aspects) made off the suffering of a mainly poor detainee population.
Those that cannot bond out and afford themselves a real,decent,ethical attorney.
An arrogant Sheriff,Joe Arpaio, has lasted to long in this abusive position of power.
These behaviours and actions by sheriffs are not isolated to Arizona.
And it's no coincidence or by chance.
It's by clever design.
The Oklahoma County jail might will probably kill You. 44 have died since 2000.Including 3 babies!
Oklahoma County Sheriff ,John Whetsel,under investigation by the Justice department..
"The majority of the people who come in here are not those who take care of their health," Whetsel said. "Even one death is too many, but unfortunately the vast majority of these are heart attacks or just health issues that lead to their death."
Many inmates have serious drug-related health problems, Whetsel said.
"To us, every life is important regardless of who they are. Even a person who is here on some bad charge. ... When they can't save that life, our detention officers themselves become extremely emotional," the longtime sheriff said.
Arpaio has been attempting for nearly seven years to get out from under the consent decree that governs conditions under which pre-trial detainees are housed and which resulted from nearly two decades of litigation that centered on the jail's horrific conditions. Under a provision of the Prison Litigation Reform Act, the consent decree has been unenforceable since Arpaio filed a motion to have it terminated in September 2001.