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Sheriffs Leroy Baca & Joe Arpaio Debate: Toughest Jails?


June 7, 2007 --The Full Disclosure Network(R) is re-releasing a seven minute video news blog featuring L. A. County Sheriff Leroy Baca and Sheriff Joe Arpaio (Maricopa County AZ) debating who has the toughest jail system. The video is available FREE, at the URL:, 24/7, on demand as a public service and viewers are encouraged to leave their comments below the video streaming screen for debate and discussion.

This short video demonstrates the striking contrast in policies and attitude in Arizona and California. The Sheriffs offer their own rationalization for circumstances in their jails. At the close of the video news blog viewers are asked to participate in a survey of jail policies.

Sheriff Baca points out that criminals in Los Angeles county jails are tougher and more violent and make Sheriff Joe’s jails look like a “summer camp”. Baca points out that in L.A. County jails there are 1,200 murderers waiting for trial and 4,000 gang members who commit 500 murders a year. Baca also says that Sheriff Joe’s criminals are mild and they have committed lesser offenses and are not the hard core criminals such as in Los Angeles County jails

Sheriff Joe Arpaio is often referred to as "the Toughest Sheriff in America” because he houses jail inmates in Korean war tents on the desert in temperatures that reach up to 140 degrees in the summertime. In this video he boasts about spending only 30 cents a day, per inmate, for meals saying he hopes they will never come back to jail once released.

Sheriff Joe challenges Sheriff Baca’s early release program by inviting him to send the overflow of inmates from L. A. to Maricopa County where he proudly displays a vacancy sign and promotes the austere accommodations for the 10,000 plus inmates in his jails.

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