Sheriff Joe Arpaio: MCSO implementing 'patriotic' campaign with US flag at each cell

PHOENIX - The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office announced it started a campaign to display a U.S. flag on every cell among its jails.

They currently hold about 8,500 inmates.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio said any defacement or vandalism of the flags will result in a penalty of bread and water.

Ten inmates are on bread and water at this time because of this, Arpaio said.

The "patriotic jails" campaign will involve the 4th Avenue Jail, Durango Jail, Estrella Jail, Lower Buckeye Jail, Tent City Jail, Central Intake and Towers Jail.

Eighty men and women, who previously served in the armed forces, were also hired by MCSO in the last year to work as detention officers.

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