Smile, You're On D.U.I. TV
Maybe it's something in the water down in Phoenix. Now in addition to their off-the-wall Sheriff, Joe Arpaio, they have a County Attorney, Andrew Thomas, who's spending $700k on a DUI program that includes posting the mug shots of those arrested for driving under the influence on the web. Even MADD doesn't like it, and that's saying something.
The hall of shame is even worse for drunken drivers convicted of a felony. A select few will find their faces plastered on billboards around Phoenix with the banner headline: Drive drunk, see your mug shot here.
The Web site and billboards, which began last month, are the brainchildren of Andrew P. Thomas, the county attorney here who has served as the prosecutorial counterpart to the county’s hard-edged sheriff, Joe Arpaio, who has been known to force inmates into pink underwear.
When he took office in January 2005, Thomas made it clear he was following Arpaio's playbook. Politics and retribution would be the order of the day.
Here's the first of 70 pages of misdemeanor mugs in Scottsdale.
While MADD says they've never heard of using the internet as a scarlet letter, it's been done before. Denver started John's TV, a webpage where you can view the mug shots of johns arrested in prostitution stings. The mugs also air on the city's cable station. As one of the Denver prostitutes remarked, when asked her opinion of publicizing the mug photos, ""Shaming has never done anything for anyone who has nowhere to go."
Here's a modified picture of Sheriff Joe in his inmates' pink underwear:
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