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‘Toughest’ sheriff aims to put video cameras in Arizona jail

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PHOENIX — Anyone who wants a peek behind the walls of the Maricopa County Jail can do so by way of the Internet starting next week.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio, the man dubbed the "nation's toughest," is installing two video cameras at a cost of $2,000 that will show hundreds of inmates booked each day.

"It'll be educational," Arpaio said. "It'll be a deterrent. Maybe those guys who get busted on Van Buren Street (for soliciting prostitutes) can wave to their wives."

Not everyone is amused.

"Sheriff Joe often seems to forget that a lot of people in his care haven't been convicted of a crime," said Eleanor Eisenberg, executive director of the Arizona Civil Liberties Union. "Putting them on the Internet for all the world to see is an invasion of privacy that is not warranted."