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12/15/2007 09:56 AM ID: 67161 Permalink   

Sheriff Arpaio's Pink Chain Gang Goes to Work Burying Alcohol Victims

 

Joe Arpaio, the sheriff for Phoenix's Maricopa County, recently created another type of chain gang, but this time they wear pink and are all convicted for driving drunk - and, they're burying people who died at the hands of alcohol.

He says that his goal is deterrence. "Maybe this will warn people -- knock it off, don't drink and drive. You'll end up in pink underwear on the chain gang." One inmate said that he chose it over Arpaio's other invention, the jail tent.

He said: "It's good to get out of the tents and be in public. Hopefully it keeps someone from drinking and driving." Arizona now requires first-time offenders to use ignition-interlock devices. They had 585 alcohol-related deaths in 2006, #6 nationwide.

 
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  Hmmm....  
 
I can kind of understand why he's doing it but to me it seems a bit inhumane. They didn't kill anybody. They were just caught drunk driving. I could see if they were made to bury their own victims but to me this seems a bit one sided. If they were going to do it right they should have every person that committed a crime that might possibly kill someone digging the graves.
 
  by: qwerty017   12/15/2007 11:27 AM     
  @qwerty  
 
but on the other hand....


ive had to endure the funerals of 3 of my good friends because someone couldnt keep themselves off the road when they were drunk. ... maybe this keeps someone from having to attend their friends/loved ones funeral due to a drunk a-hole on the road.
 
  by: elijah4twenty     12/15/2007 04:54 PM     
  /////  
 
"They were just caught drunk driving."

That's the same as attempted murder in my world.
 
  by: Lurker     12/15/2007 05:36 PM     
  Good!  
 
I don't agree with everything Arpaio has done, but at least he is doing something other than holding their hands. It is called punishment and it should not be a vacation.
 
  by: TaraB     12/15/2007 05:38 PM     
  @elijahtwenty and @lurker  
 
That's my point. Neither the people that actualy have killed someone nor the attempted murderers are forced to do this. I also like alot of what Arpaio has done. I just think this should have either been broadened to include more crimes or at the least had them bury people who were killed by drunk drivers, not people who killed themselves by drinking themselves to death.
 
  by: qwerty017   12/15/2007 06:31 PM     
  he thought long and hard..  
 
to have come up with something like that, it is a great Idea.

 
  by: captainJane     12/15/2007 06:49 PM     
  @qwerty  
 
I don't think it's in Arpaio's power to tell families of drunk driving victims who they should use to bury their loved ones. I for one wouldn't want that convict anywhere near my family, even if it was to help bury a family member. Even if they did institute something like this, a lot of the time people take the less-expensive route and are cremated and there is no burial.
 
  by: caution2     12/15/2007 11:14 PM     
  He has A History  
 
If you are arrested in his county ( not tried or convicted you can placed in a tent city, fed with the most bland foods available, given dimeaning pink jumpsuits to wear.
If you believe that if someone is arrested they must be guilty then this dude is for you.
If you believe in the concept of innocent till proven guilty in a court of law (You Know The Basic Law Of The Land , The Constitution) that all U.S. laws are derived from then this man is a demigod to himself.
 
  by: ichi     12/15/2007 11:58 PM     
  Have a loved one killed!  
 
"They didn't kill anybody. They were just caught drunk driving."
Have a parent or sibling killed by a drunk driver then come back and make that dumb statement.
You mean they didn't kill anybody, THIS TIME!
The biggest correct statement of all time is "If you drink, Don't drive"
It's that simple. No excuses.. If you drink and drive and get caught you get exactly what you deserve from the law. Sadly sometimes it's not enough in some states. The only people that complain about the punishments are the drunks that need to make some excuse why they drink and drive.
 
  by: Hoz     12/16/2007 03:31 AM     
  Given The Choice  
 
between having a loved one killed by some drunk driver and a soccer mom talking on her cell phone while driving is easy. I woud much prefer the soccer mom.
 
  by: ichi     12/16/2007 03:40 AM     
  @Ichi  
 
So, if arrested but not yet convicted, they get put up in the Beverly Hilton? I don;t think so.

I agree with the Sheriff. More power to him!
 
  by: LeePIII   12/17/2007 06:02 PM     
  Arrest The Guilty Parties  
 
Well have the trial later.


Side Thought : Other places have tried using pink and gone back to normal colors. It didnt seem to bother the inmates as much as the guards.
 
  by: ichi     12/17/2007 06:40 PM     
  @ichi  
 
'If you are arrested in his county ( not tried or convicted you can placed in a tent city, fed with the most bland foods available, given dimeaning pink jumpsuits to wear.
If you believe that if someone is arrested they must be guilty then this dude is for you.
If you believe in the concept of innocent till proven guilty in a court of law (You Know The Basic Law Of The Land , The Constitution) that all U.S. laws are derived from then this man is a demigod to himself.'

"Arrest The Guilty Parties. Well have the trial later."

and i quote, ichi, "are all convicted for driving drunk"

dont complain of civil rights violations where there are none. thats just foolish.
 
  by: elijah4twenty     12/17/2007 06:58 PM     
 
 
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