By John Solomon
How the government's punishing of the exposure of official wrongdoing can linger for years
Independent voices from the TWT Communities
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio began putting inmates in pink boxer jail shorts 17 years ago as a way to counter the theft of the traditional white shorts worn by the inmates. He called the pink shorts "Go Joes" and their popularity grew so much after the program was publicized that the department began selling them at $15 a pair.
Orduno was being housed in the county jail’s psychiatric unit when he was discovered missing just before 9 a.m., said Officer Christopher Hegstrom, a sheriff's spokesman who said the escape was the first for the 7-year-old south Phoenix facility, which also houses Sheriff Arpaio’s famous "tent city" lockup.
Well, the "Toughest Sheriff in America" began looking for a way to boost sales and have a little fun at the same time, Mr. Hegstrom said, so there's a new twist to the pink shorts.