Children in Phoenix can now experience what it's like to be held in the same jail that once imprisoned convicted murderer Jodi Arias.
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is encouraging parents to send their kids to his new "Summer Stars" two-day camp this summer so the children can see what it's like to be locked up behind bars, notes ABC15 Arizona. The program is reportedly designed to deter kids from engaging in bad behaviors such as violence, alcohol and drugs.
According to a sheriff's office press release: "The campers will follow jail regulations, wear inmate clothing, work as an inmate laborer, eat jail food, sleep in jail tents/bunks, and attend education programs."
When they're not providing inmate labor, the youngsters will have a chance to chat about issues such as peer pressure, online safety, self esteem and anger management.
This experience is open to one group of children, aged 8-12, and a second group, aged 13-18.
"Kids will learn some valuable lessons," Arpaio said in a statement. "They will have some fun too."
Arpaio was found guilty of contempt of court in Phoenix back on May 13.
Federal Judge G. Murray Snow ruled that Arpaio and three of his former/current aides violated a court order to cease the racial profiling of Latinos under the suspicion that they were in the U.S. illegally, noted The New York Times.
Instead, Arpaio publicized his office's arrests of undocumented immigrants to help his 2012 re-election campaign, Snow said.
Snow found that Arpaio, Chief Deputy Jerry Sheridan, retired Chief Brian Sands and Lt. Joe Sousa had committed "multiple acts of misconduct, dishonesty and bad faith" by detaining Latinos with traffic stops and raids at workplaces.
According to Snow, Arpaio and the other three men "have demonstrated a persistent disregard for the orders of the court, as well as an intention to violate and manipulate the laws and policies regulating their conduct."
On June 14, lawyers who oppose Arpaio called for immediate discipline against Sheridan for allegedly making false statements, reports The Associated Press.
According to the lawyers, Sheridan falsely asserted that he was not aware of the court order to halt the so-called immigration patrols of Latinos until two years after the court order was made.
Arpaio and Sheridan could face criminal contempt charges, possible time in jail (longer than the kids at the camp), and fines.