ARPAIO STARTS 2-WEEK MANDATORY ENGLISH CLASSES FOR
October 24, 2006
Author: Mike Cronin, The Arizona Republic Estimated printed pages: 1
Go directly to jail. Do pass a competency exam.
Non-English-speaking inmates in Maricopa County jails began mandatory English
classes on Monday.
At the end of their two-week course, inmates must take a test to see how well
they learned about American government, the words to God Bless America and the
communication of health and safety needs.
"These inmates happen to be incarcerated in the United States of America and in
Maricopa County where I run the jails," Sheriff Joe Arpaio said in a statement.
"And we speak English here, not foreign languages."
Classes will last two hours a day. The curriculum comprises the three branches
of government, how a bill becomes law, state government, law enforcement and
court services, and jailhouse "situational" terminology.
Most students will be native-Spanish speakers. Of the 10,000 prisoners in
Maricopa County jails, about 3,000 are Hispanic, including roughly 1,000
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