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Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio offering two-day jail simulation camp for teens this summer

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Posted at 12:11 PM, Jun 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-14 15:25:02-04

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is offering a way for parents to send their children to jail over the summer.

"Summer Stars" is a two-day camp designed to show middle and high school students what life behind bars is like to hopefully dissuade them from bad behavior like drugs and alcohol, violence and gangs.

"The campers will follow jail regulations, wear inmate clothing, work as an inmate laborer, eat jail food, sleep in jail tents/bunks, and attend education programs," read a media release.

They will also talk about peer-pressure, online safety, self-esteem and anger management.

The camp will be offered twice--June 23-24 and July 21-22--and is open to students eight to 18. The campers will be divided into two groups, one for kids 8-12 and another for those 13-18.

To register, parents need to call MCSO at 602-876-1685.

"Kids will learn some valuable lessons," said Arpaio in a prepared statement. "They will have some fun too."