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Social Issues Series

This is a series of objective documentaries that addresses important and often controversial social issues in the U.S. Programs available on 10 individual DVDs, Digital Streaming Files or Videos; also in a 10-Disc Set. For pricing call in US: 800.876.2447/Intl. 603.434.9262 or e-mail Click for more

America's Toughest Sheriff: Joe Arpaio

America's Toughest Sheriff: Joe Arpaio

Best Documentary -Amsterdam International Film Festival
"Highly Recommended. Sheriff Joe Arpaio is a fascinating individual. While his actions and policies would not be appropriate everywhere, they appear to work well for Maricopa County, Arizona, as witnessed by his high approval rating and constant reelection to office. This documentary follows Arpaio while he does his job, visits prisoners, discusses his policies, in his home with his wife, running an election campaign against an opponent, and justifying various inflammatory incidents." -EMRO Review
Maricopa County, Arizona, is home for over three million Americans. It is a place where dealing with crime figures is the number one election issue. At the center of this community is the self-styled toughest sheriff in the West, Joe Arpaio. Sheriff Joe has a philosophy of zero tolerance towards crime, which has been embraced by deputies and the community alike. Part of the mission of the sheriff's office is "to operate a safe, constitutional jail system," while critics such as Amnesty International claim the sheriff's tactics are questionable and trample an individual's constitutional rights. This program provides unique access into the controversial world of "Tent City," where the sheriff and his men rule with an iron fist. He's put men and women into grueling chain gangs; legalized Wild West style posses; built a 1,200+ person prison out of Korean war tents and razor wire in the baking Arizona desert, dressed inmates into black and white striped clothing and pink underwear, given guards use of 75,000 volt electric stun guns, and with an 85% approval rating in the county proudly boasts of being on the leading edge of law enforcement and incarceration. Produced by Maximum Films. 04/09DE JSCA 52 min.

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