Sheriff Joe Arpaio places 38 inmates on bread and water diet for desecrating American flag

PHOENIX - Inmates who have desecrated American flags in Sheriff Joe Arpaio's Maricopa County jails have been placed on a bread-and-water-only diet.

MCSO spokesman Christopher Hegstrom said 38 inmates are currently on bread and water for a period of seven days after defacing the flag, which is emblazoned in each jail cell throughout the six facilities under Arpaio's control.

The bread provided will have the necessary calories and nutrients that inmates need, Hegstrom said.

"These inmates have destroyed the American flag that was placed in their cells. Tearing them, writing on them, stepping on them, throwing them in the toilet, trash or wherever they feel, it's a disgrace to those who have fought for our country," Arpaio stated.

A second incident of defacing the American flag will result in a 10-day period of bread and water only for inmates, according to Hegstrom.

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