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Victims Of Former MCSO Sheriff Joe Arpaio's Unlawful Detentions Can Seek Compensation

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio responded to news of a lawsuit filed by the Department of Justice at a press conference in Phoenix on Thursday.
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Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

When a federal judge found former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio guilty of criminal contempt of court last year, it was because he allowed his deputies to continue making immigration arrests after a judge said he had to stop.

Before Arpaio was sentenced, though, he was pardoned by President Donald Trump.

For the immigrants who were unlawfully detained by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, they have until the end of the year to apply for restitution through the county.

Journalist Jude Joffe-Block is the co-author of a piece about this, and she spoke directly with one of the victims. That story was published today by the Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting.

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Mark Brodie is a co-host of The Show, KJZZ’s locally produced news magazine. Since starting at KJZZ in 2002, Brodie has been a host, reporter and producer, including several years covering the Arizona Legislature, based at the Capitol.