THE REAL HARD CELL

LAWMAKERS ARE STRIPPING INMATES OF THEIR PERKS

Joe Arpaio's job title is sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona. But as the man who oversees 5,900 inmates in the county jail, he might better be thought of as the headmaster of his own school of hard knocks. Since he came to the job early in 1993, Arpaio has organized his prisoners into chain gangs, housed them in tents in the scorching desert and made baloney a staple of their diet. Skin magazines and all broadcast TV stations have been banned. ("Too much violence,'' he says.) For free-time diversions, they get CNN, old Disney films and reruns of Newt Gingrich's 10-part...

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