Critics of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio will hold a rally on June 23 to call for the closure of his complex of canvas jail tents.
B. Loewe, a spokesman for organizers of the rally, says more than 1,000 people were expected to attend the protest over conditions in Arpaio’s “Tent City.”
Early in his tenure as sheriff, Arpaio won points with voters for housing inmates in tents during Phoenix’s triple-digit summer heat.
Critics say conditions in Arpaio’s jail tents are inhumane.
Arpaio has said he doesn’t see any problems with housing inmates in tents and is fond of pointing out that members of the U.S. military live in tents.