REX AP     4544780s Joe Arpaio 'Tent City' at Maricopa County Jail, Maricopa County, Arizona, America - Feb 2015

Joe Arpaio 'Tent City' at Maricopa County Jail, Maricopa County, Arizona, America - Feb 2015

Joseph M. "Joe" Arpaio Joe Arpaio 'Tent City' at Maricopa County Jail, Maricopa County, Arizona, America - Feb 2015 *Full story: http://www.rexfeatures.com/nanolink/q4jw Tent City is regularly named as one of the worst prisons in America. The notorious convict camp is located in the Arizona desert where temperatures regularly top 130 degrees and more. As its name suggests inmates live outside in Army surplus tents that are unheated in the winter and uncooled in the summer. The only permanent buildings house showers and a canteen where meals are served. Tent City is the brainchild of Joe Arpaio, the six-time elected sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona. Arpaio styles himself as "America's Toughest Sheriff" and the controversial figure has been accused of a list of crimes, including abuse of power, misuse of funds and failure to investigate sex crimes. His jails have twice been ruled unconstitutional. He set up Tent City, which is an extension of the Maricopa County Jail, in 1993. He has since described Tent City, which can accommodate up to 2,126 inmates, as a 'concentration camp'. (Rex Features via AP Images)

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