The Tent City Jail In Arizona Is Closing After 22 Years

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Aerial view of Tent City which will be closing in December of this year. (AP Photo/Michael Kortas)

Phoenix, Arizona — After 22-years of controversy, the tents in Phoenix, Arizona are finally coming down.

In a unanimous decision early this morning, the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors voted in favor of closing the facility this December.

Paul Horner with the American Civil Liberties Union spoke with reporters about the closing of Tent City.

“This is a move that is long overdue, but I applaud the council for finally making that right move,” Horner told local news station ABC15. “Tent City is the definition of a human rights violation and even though they may be inmates, they deserve to be treated like human beings. Sheriff Joe Arpaio has routinely abused pre-trial detainees by feeding them moldy bread, rotten fruit and other contaminated food. Arpaio chose to house inmates in 20-year old tents, so hot as to endanger their health, denying them care for serious medical and mental health needs and keeping them packed as tightly as sardines for days at a time.”

Arpaio’s Tent City is notorious for inhumane conditions, from the food to the 118 degree heat.

On Thursday an inmate died in the tents after officers noticed the man had not shown up for work. No foul play is suspected.

According to NBC News, the Maricopa County Board of Supervisor’s main reason for shutting down the tents comes after years of protests, Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s current legal battles and pressure from lawmakers to close the facility.

Human Sex Trafficking Operation Uncovered At Madison Street Jail In Phoenix Arizona

Protests held recently in front of the Madison Street Jail demanding a recall of Joe Arpaio.

Recent protests held in front of the Madison Street Jail demanding a recall of Joe Arpaio.

Phoenix, AZ — Three floors below the Madison Street Jail in Phoenix, Arizona authorities have found what appears to be a human sex trafficking operation. They were tipped off by an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agent who wished to remain anonymous.

The ICE agent answered questions and explained to reporters how the operation worked. “The Mexican woman who were caught entering this country illegally were placed in holding cells until it was determined if they could be sold to other countries or not. If they were old or disabled in any way, they were then deported back to Mexico. The ones who were young or of an attractive nature were then sold to countries such places as Albania, Turkey and Belize. It’s kind of like the movie Taken except not cool.”

Tiffany Wohl who helps out with the websites Recall Arpaio and People against Sheriff Joe Arpaio told reporters that she does not agree with Joe Arpaio and is time that he is relieved of his duties as Sheriff of Maricopa County. “He’s a talking head-motivated by his own agendas instead of what the people need. He wastes our tax dollars by the millions, breaks down communities instead of building them, deaths in his jails rise continuously, he abuses his power as he goes after opponents, ignores crimes when it is convenient and chases down birth records,” Wohl said. “He is an out of touch and clueless old man who violates civil rights daily and now with this human sex trafficking allegation we finally might be able to get someone in there that can do the job the way it should be done.”
Joe Arpaio tweetPaul Horner who heads up the organization, Joe Arpaio Sucks Dick (JASD) which has over 15 million members explained to reporters why Arpaio keeps getting re-elected every year. “The problem is, there is a lot of old white people in Arizona. Old white people are angry, confused and racist. Unfortunately these same old, angry, racist and confused white people vote. Once the old white people die, no one will vote for him anymore.”

Human trafficking is the trade in humans, most commonly for the purpose of sexual slavery, forced labor or for the extraction of organs or tissues, including surrogacy and ova removal. Trafficking is a lucrative industry, representing an estimated $650 billion per year in international trade.

Arpaio’s involvement is still not yet known at this time but authorities are saying it is possible that charges could be brought against the individuals responsible as early as next week. For any information or tips regarding this matter please call the 24-hour hotline that has been setup at (785) 273-0325. As always you can remain anonymous.

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Bill Murray Shows Up In Phoenix: Kicks Off Party Crashing Tour With A Bang

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Posted: 08/3/2012 6:00:08 AM PDT

Bill Murray at a party in Phoenix where he kicked off his 29 city nationwide Party Crashing TourPhoenix, AZ — On Wednesday Bill Murray kicked off his 29 city party crashing tour in Phoenix, Arizona. It’s still unclear how many parties in Phoenix Mr. Murray ended up attending but one of them has been confirmed at Lawn Gnome Publishing that was thrown in his honor.

Aaron Johnson who threw the party said it was truly an amazing event. He said the huge turnout was electrifying which was all capped off by the arrival of Bill Murray. “Thanks to all of the people that made my dreams come true tonight. It was great seeing everyone having fun, singing karaoke and celebrating a living legend. The night couldn’t have gotten any better when Bill Murray actually showed up and made a quick appearance. This celebration will be remembered by all.”

Bill Murray’s agent Paul Horner, who was also in attendance, explained how happy Mr. Murray was and where he’ll go next on his party crashing tour. “Bill Murray and I couldn’t be anymore pleased with what happened here tonight in Phoenix. This kind of party is exactly what this whole party crashing tour is all about. There was hundreds of Bill Murray fans, karaoke, Ghostbusters and even Caddyshack miniature golf,” Horner said. “Bill Murray will be in Las Vegas August 4th and then will head over to four cities in California after that.”

For a complete list of dates and locations of this tour, click here.

Here are pictures from the Bill Murray party at Lawn Gnome Publishing (click to enlarge):

 

For more information please call the 24 hour Bill Murray Party Crashing Tour Hotline.

  • Bill Murray Party Crashing Tour Hotline: (785) 273-0325

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Confirmed: Bill Murray’s Agent Will Be Attending Party In Phoenix On August 1st

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Posted: 07/27/2012 6:09:14 AM PDT

Bill Murray's agent Paul Horner will be attending a party in Phoenix Arizona on August 1stPhoenix, AZ — According to Death and Taxes, Bill Murray will be embarking on a 29 city Party Crashing Tour that begins in Phoenix on August 1st and ends in Austin on September 10th. Recent news has just been announced confirming that Bill Murray’s agent Paul Horner will be attending at least one party in Phoenix on the 1st. Also said to be attending is Bill Murray’s press agent, Lori Dynneson. It’s still unclear whether Murray himself will be attending or not.

On July 9th when the party crashing tour was announced, Horner explained some of the conditions of the tour to reporters. “All we ask is that if Mr. Murray does decide to crash your party, please give him his space. He’s a human being, just like you and me. He’s just looking for a good time and a fun way to connect with fans.” Horner then went on to explain more details about the tour, “At these parties, Mr. Murray does not want to be called ‘Bill Murray’ but instead wants to be referred to as ‘Keyser Söze’. Activities that Mr. Murray enjoys are drinking and karaoke. Having those two things at your party will definitely increase your chances of him making an appearance. Also it is extremely important that any house or location interested in participating have a sheet or banner of some kind attached to their establishment the night of the party. It must say in big bold letters, ‘BILL MURRAY CAN CRASH HERE’. This will let Mr. Murray know at what locations he is welcome.”

Information about the event that Murray’s agent and press agent will be attending is located here and here. Listed below are just a few of the details about the party.

Location:

Things to expect:

  • Guests in strange Bill Murray attire
  • THE Bill Murray Pleasuredome
  • Caddyshack Mini Golf Course
  • Bill Murray trivia games from Aaron Johnson and Billie Speece

Posted time of events:

  • 7pm The Life Aquatic (squirt gun and water balloon fight) all over 5th Street
  • 8pm-10pm “Lost in Translation” Karaoke from Bill Murray movies and SNL & SCTV sketches, hosted by Sean Whitcomb and the Mobile Karaoke Unit
  • 9pm Former Friends of Young Americans and Of the Earth at Lost Leaf
  • 10pm Provocatease Ghostbusters Burlesque
  • 11pm Slackers Agenda with Ryan Avery and Andrew Jemsek at Jobot
  • 10:20pm Nick Villa and Friends
  • 11:20pm Bill Murray Haiku Contest at Jobot Coffee Shop
  • 7pm-2am Alcohol at Lost Leaf

[Updated at 07-31-12 | 12:06 PM PDT] The Arizona Ghostbusters will be attending this Bill Murray party in Phoenix! They will be raising money for diabetes charity programs! More info about the Arizona Ghostbusters here.

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[Updated at 08-2-12 | 4:28 PM PDT] Pictures from the Bill Murray party last night in Phoenix. Bill Murray made an appearance for about 15 minutes or so before he had to leave.
Bill Murray shows up in Phoenix at Party Crashing Tour

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To read the full story about Bill Murray showing up in Phoenix, click here.

For a complete list of dates and locations of this tour, click here. For more information please call the 24 hour Bill Murray Party Crashing Tour Hotline.

  • Bill Murray Party Crashing Tour Hotline: (785) 273-0325

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