In the Media

Criminals beware – Sheriff Joe is in town

PUBLISHED September 2, 2005

An American sheriff who runs the world's only chain gang for women and who forced 700 prisoners to dress in pink and parade through the streets has been spreading his ideas over here.

Throughout this week, the BBC Radio 4 Today programme has played host to Joe Arpaio, 73, said to be America's toughest lawman.
He is in Britain to see whether he can learn from the way things are done here and to pass on what he believes we can import from Arizona, where for the past 13 years he has run America's fourth largest sheriff's office.