Sheriff closes jails to public ahead of GA witness

Tent City Jail (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Archival photo: Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio ordered approximately 200 illegal immigrants handcuffed together and moved into a separate area of Tent City, for incarceration until their sentences are served and they are deported to their home countries Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2009, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio announced on Thursday, June 21, that the county jails would be closed to public visitors on Saturday because of a public witness event the Unitarian Universalist Association has planned for that evening with Puente Arizona outside the Durango Road “Tent City” jail.

Below are links to two local news stories about the sheriff’s announcement:

News: Sheriff closes county jails ahead of UUA protest

Media coverage of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s announcement that the county jails will be closed to public visitors on Saturday, June 23, because of a UUA/Puente Arizona protest planned for that evening.

Storified by UU World · Fri, Jun 22 2012 12:09:34

Planned protests prompt Arpaio to suspend jail visitationsPHOENIX — With the imminent release of the Supreme Court’s decision on Arizona’s controversial immigration law — SB 1070 — a large pro…
Sheriff Arpaio to close Tent City ahead of SB 1070 protestThe Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office will shut down all six of its jails Saturday because of a large protest expected in the evening. She…

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