Saturday, December 27, 2008
NPR has a story on "America's Toughest Sheriff," Joe Arpaio, the Sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona, the subject of a Fox reality show. Clint Bolick (UC Davis Law alum)at The Goldwater Institute , described by NPR as a "conservative-libertarian outfit," just released a report titled: "Mission Unaccomplished: The Misplaced Priorities of the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office." Bolick's report notes the violent crime rate in Maricopa County is up, far higher than in Phoenix. The response time for 911 calls is twice that of Phoenix. The sheriff's jails recently lost accreditation for not providing adequate health care to inmates. Bolick says that the sheriff's highly publicized immigrant sweeps have not netted a single major smuggler. "If you've got limited resources, who do you go after -– the guy who is here to work, or the guy who is making millions of dollars bringing in thousands of illegal immigrants?" Bolick says. "Certainly the latter."