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WITC-New Richmond students tour Maricopa County Jail

The Criminal Justice Club from Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College-New Richmond campus recently attended the annual American Correctional Association Conference in Phoenix.

Among the many events, they toured the notorious Maricopa County Jail or "Tent City."

Tent City, with a neon "vacancy" sign above it, is run by Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Up to 2,000 inmates live in tents, wear old-fashioned prison stripes and pink underwear; and the camp prohibits cigarettes, adult magazines, hot lunches and TV.

The students agreed the trip provided an excellent learning experience.

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