Joe Arpaio

Arizona sheriff to shut down famed Tent City jails complex

The new sheriff of metro Phoenix announced Tuesday that he's closing down a complex of jail tents that helped make his predecessor, Joe Arpaio, a national law enforcement figure.

The decision by Sheriff Paul Penzone to close the 24-year-old Tent City complex will undo a critical piece of Arpaio's political legacy. He is already phasing out Arpaio's signature practice of making inmates wear pink underwear.

"This facility became more of a circus atmosphere for the general public. Starting today, that circus ends," said Penzone, who plans to move half of Tent City's inmates to other jails within 45 to 60 days and complete the closure within six months.

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