Arizona’s notorious outdoor jail was focus of UUA public witness event at Phoenix General Assembly in 2012.
The notorious “Tent City” jail in Phoenix, where former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio imprisoned inmates outdoors, soon will be shut down, under order by the new sheriff, Paul Penzone, who defeated Arpaio in his re-election campaign last November, reports the New York Times.
Tent City was a key focus of the Unitarian Universalist Association’s 2012 General Assembly in Phoenix. More than 2,500 UUs gathered on a June night to protest Arpaio and his treatment of prisoners, drawing national media attention. Read our coverage.
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Elaine McArdle is a UU World senior editor and a member of First Unitarian Church in Portland, Oregon. An award-winning journalist with more than 20 years of experience, she has also written for the Boston Globe, Harvard Law Bulletin, and others.
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