Newspaper Series Debunking Sheriff Joe Arpaio's Immigration Policies Wins Pulitzer

Sheriff Joe Arapaio is a national disgrace. Among the Pulitzer prizes awarded today was one to Ryan Gabrielson and Paul Giblin of the East Valley Tribune (Mesa, Arizona) for its coverage of Arpaio's immigration enforcement policies.

The Pulitzer committee noted that Gabrielson and Giblin received the award for “their adroit use of limited resources to reveal, in print and online, how a popular sheriff’s focus on immigration enforcement endangered investigation of violent crime and other aspects of public safety.“

Arpaio makes a mockery of the Constitution. Here's the five part series that won the Pulitzer. TalkLeft's posts on Sheriff Joe over the years are assembled here.

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    The sad part is (none / 0) (#1)
    by Mikeb302000 on Tue Apr 21, 2009 at 05:43:23 AM EST
    that among the conservatives he's become something of a hero for all the notoriety. I think more people have been justifiably outraged at his nonsense, so in the end there's more good than bad.  Besides, those right-wing folks who applaud his attitudes can't be reasoned with anyway.

    I saw one of those prison (none / 0) (#2)
    by kenosharick on Tue Apr 21, 2009 at 08:20:46 AM EST
    shows on Nat Geo channel that focused on this guy's "tent prison."  It pretty much turned my stomach- 2 meals/day,chain gangs, and 140 degree heat in the tents. And of course, most of the jailed are there for non-violent small time drug offenses.

    best ad for Joe (none / 0) (#5)
    by diogenes on Tue Apr 21, 2009 at 08:24:25 PM EST
    If the liberal press gives the ultimate prize to articles debunking Joe, then it's a feather in his cap as far as he and his supporters are concerned.  

    Maricopa county likes him (none / 0) (#6)
    by catmandu on Thu Apr 23, 2009 at 11:14:16 AM EST
    and for a very good reason.  He will prosecute the unimportant (by city police standards) crimes--illegal aliens, animal cruelty and child neglect.  He turned the male indoor prison facility over to abandoned animals--and has the prisoners care for the animals.  To instill a sense of compassion.  He has classes to teach life skills, English, reading and job skills to the prisoners.  I've known people who have been guests in his facilities.  Its not all that bad.
    He has work facilities, chain gangs and work release programs for prisoners to earn money.
    The vast majority of Arizonans like him, and for very good reason. He does get results.