Tent jails, pink undies: Odd choices for New Arizona sheriff


PHOENIX (AP) — The new sheriff of metro Phoenix will have a series of decisions to make in the coming months about how to proceed with the many headline-grabbing policies that defined the two-decade tenure of Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

Arpaio’s unorthodox and divisive approach to policing included jailing inmates in tents, making them wear pink underwear, leading crackdowns on illegal immigration and investigating President Barack Obama’s birth certificate.

Paul Penzone says he will eliminate the pink underwear. He’s willing close the Tent City jail but is reserving judgment until he can make a full evaluation.

The investigation into the outgoing president’s birth certificate will end. Penzone also plans to scale back the old-time chain gangs that Arpaio uses.

Arpaio says he’s fine with whatever changes his successor decides to implement.

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