Joe Arpaio

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

Sheriff Joe Arpaio grabbed headlines and became a national political figure with his unorthodox and divisive approach to policing — jailing inmates in tents, making them wear pink underwear, leading crackdowns on illegal immigration and investigating President Barack Obama's birth certificate.

Last Tuesday's defeat of the longtime sheriff of metro Phoenix raises questions about whether his successor, Paul Penzone, will keep the contentious practices and how he will overhaul an agency that has been criticized for targeting immigrants, creating a culture of cruelty in its jails and serving as self-promotion for Arpaio.

The retired Phoenix police sergeant will take office...