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.
The Sheriff's Office announced its intent 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.
Seems to be some funny economics at work if the city charges the Sheriff more money for parking a car at the jail than it does for at least 3 people to ride the metro.
Anyway, count on Sheriff Joe to ease any tension you might have with this share-a-ride program:
"There is nothing to be concerned or worried about as my deputies will be armed," Sheriff Joe Arpaio said in a press release.
Great, but who is going to protect me from the sheriff? And why does this statement remind me of the famous Al Haig "Don't Worry, I'm in charge" press conference?