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|Law Offices of
Stephanie Lee Ehrbright, Esq.
Tent City Jail
2939 W. Durango Street
Phoenix, AZ 85009
The Tents Jail was begun in 1993 when Sheriff Joe Arpaio obtained some surplus military tents.
These tents were set up in an area adjacent to one of the existing Maricopa County Jails in
Phoenix, Arizona. Sheriff Arpaio had previously decided that he would not release any inmates
due to jail overcrowding, and housing sentenced inmates in the tents seemed a good solution to
him. Funding for the project was minimal, and included the cost for cement necessary for base
pads, secure fencing, and electric costs for heating, cooling and lights.
The Tents Jail can currently hold up to 2,126 inmates. Unlike the other Maricopa County Jail
facilities, Tent City only houses sentenced inmates.
Sheriff Arpaio has added additional security measures at the Tents Jail, including four Sky Watch
Towers for security, stun fences around the perimeter, and facial recognition computer software
for inmate identification. K-9 units and patrol deputies have been added for additional security.
The Classification Unit conducts background checks on inmates before they are housed in the
tents, so that dangerous or predatory individuals are not placed there.
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