To the editor:
In his recent column "Dignity can’t be left at the jailhouse door," Stephen Kent covers and skews Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County Arizona. Sheriff Arpaio has been a national figure for years being interviewed many times on high profile television programs and covered in the print media as well. Most know the man and his programs well. To my knowledge he has met all challenges to them. He rejects the recent charges against him. Sadly those charges by the present administration come at a convenient time seemingly to draw votes to a particular party. Time will tell.
Kent writes, "The sheriff has continued his sweeps of Hispanic neighborhoods to enforce state immigration laws." I have never heard or read of his making sweeps in specific areas. You must make writers as Kent be specific listing sources for their statements. His statement is intentionally misleading and he knows that.
Kent states, "making the inmates wear pink underwear has led to horrible things." He lists nothing to support his statement and I have never heard anything to the contrary.
Kent then states, "Glorifying this ‘no coddling criminals’ tactic at the expense of human rights should make us uncomfortable." What in fact violates human rights by issuing pink underwear? Nationally inmates depending on area wear stripes, orange, yellow, and other colors yet he does not mention that. Kent goes on to say the sheriff, "has reinstated chain gangs and set up tent cities as an extension of the county jail." There are other states that program chain gangs especially in the south and he does not mention that. As to housing inmates in tents vs. overcrowded jail cells that is dictated by law.
Writers as Stephen Kent in writing to satisfy their personal political vent abuse the right to publish in a Catholic paper.