Sheriff Arpaio: Unpatriotic inmates to get bread, water

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Sheriff Joe Arpaio at Tent City. (Source: AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Sheriff Joe Arpaio at Tent City. (Source: AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is threatening water and bread for unpatriotic inmates who deface or vandalize the American flag.

"Ten inmates are currently on bread and water for this infraction," Arpaio said.

Arpaio said he has implemented an American flag campaign in his jails.

Each cell is getting a sticker of an American flag. Any inmate who vandalizes the flag will be punished with the restricted diet.

In keeping with the patriotic theme, Arpaio has ordered that the playing of God Bless America and the National Anthem be done daily in every jail facility over the public address system and for all the inmates, regardless of national origin, to hear and sing-a-long.

The sheriff's office employs more than 600 men and women who are veterans representing past service in all branches of the armed forces. 

The patriotic campaign will cover the Fourth Avenue Jail, Durango Jail, Estrella Jail, Lower Buckeye Jail, Tent City Jail, Central Intake and Towers Jail.

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