Tuesday, January 27, 2009

WTG Joe!!!!!! (Sarcasm Alert)

So now out-of-towners will have something to see I guess. Not to mention 'friends' are going to just happen to be there and give 'em drugs or guns, or worse.. Good job Joe Arpaio!!!!!!! *sigh*


Sheriff's Office to transport inmates via light rail

Maricopa County sheriff's deputies may soon begin taking some inmates to Fourth Avenue Jail on Metro light rail in a bid to cut costs.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio's decision caught Metro Light Rail officials by surprise, but a spokeswoman said transporting inmates on the train does not violate light rail ordinances.

"This is not the intended use of the system and Metro objects on the basis of the potential concern it may create for our passengers," Metro Light Rail spokeswoman, Hillary Foose, said. According to Foose, Metro Light Rail wants to ensure the safety of the 20,000 to 30,000 passengers that ride the light rail each day.

"Anything that concerns our passengers, or has the potential to concern our passengers, concerns Metro Light Rail," Foose said.

Arpaio said he planned to transport inmates using the light rail from 44th and Washington streets to the Fourth Avenue Jail in order to eliminate parking fees. MCSO estimates that the new system can save about $72,000 in transport fees.

The stop Arpaio designated is the one commuters use to access Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

The Sheriff's Office announced the new arrangement Tuesday afternoon, but did not specify what kind of inmates will be transported or how many may be moved at a time.

The agency will release more details at a 5 p.m. news conference,

"There is nothing to be concerned or worried about as my deputies will be armed," Sheriff Joe Arpaio said in a press release.

The inmates are not required to be separated from other commuters but Metro Light Rail is concerned that passengers may still object to the new arrangement and fear for their safety, according to Foose.

"We are expecting them to be responsible for their inmate; the security of the inmate and those around the inmate is the responsibility of the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office," said Foose.

As a public transportation system, Metro Light Rail, ordinances allow anyone who pays proper fare and abides by the rules to ride the light rail. The ordinances also allow passengers to carry concealed weapons with valid licenses.

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