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For decades, Tent City in Arizona’s Maricopa County operated as a kind of sideshow attraction for the notorious former Sheriff Joe Arpaio. The open-air enclosure was opened in 1993, ostensibly, to house overflow from local jails. But after 24 years of high-profile publicity—and accompanying scandal—it’s coming down.
Last week, Maricopa County’s newly elected sheriff Paul Penzone announced that he would phase out the use of the headline-grabbing jail. “This facility became more of a circus atmosphere for the general public,” Penzone said at a press conference Tuesday. “Starting today, that circus ends and these tents come down.”
Billed by Arpaio through the years as a cost-saving measure and then touted as a crime deterrent, the tent city fulfilled neither of those
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