Some call the conditions in Sheriff Joe’s controversial Tent city, cruel and inhumane. In the Arizona desert heat during the summer, temperatures inside the sun beaten tents often soar as to 130 degrees Fahrenheit. Some reported temperatures have been reported as high as 150 degrees
Sheriff Joe Arpaio defends his position on the conditions in Tent City. He repeatedly argues that conditions are no worse than the conditions US military service men and women on active duty experience in the Middle East.
One Tent City employee who worked as a cook for the inmates claimed ingredients had often expired, and the kitchen was filled with roaches and rats.