Life with Sheriff Joe Arpaio in America's Toughest Jail
Shaun Attwood was a millionaire day trader in Phoenix, Arizona, but his hedonistic lifestyle of drugs and parties came to an abrupt end in 2002 when a SWAT team broke down his door. Attwood found himself on remand in Maricopa Jail with a $750,000 cash bond and all of his assets seized. The nightmare was only just beginning as he was submerged in a jail in which rival gangs vied for control, crystal meth was freely available, and where breaking rules could result in beatings or death. Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s jails have the highest death rate in the U.S. Hard Time is the harrowing yet darkly humorous account of the time Attwood spent submerged in a nightmarish world of gang violence and insect infested cells, eating food unfit for animals. His remarkable story provides a revealing glimpse into the tragedy, brutality, comedy, and eccentricity of prison life.
Anne Mini is the daughter of California’s best-known 1930s radical (subject of John Steinbeck’s In Dubious Battle) Kleo Apostolides Dick Mini, the beatnik ex-wife of science fiction author Philip K. Dick. She holds an undergraduate degree from Harvard, a master’s degree from the University of Chicago, and a doctorate from the University of Washington. She is the author of A Family Darkly: Love, Loss, and the Final Passions of Philip K. Dick, which won the 2004 Zola Award for Nonfiction. She was the Pacific Northwest Writers’ Association’s Resident Writer for 2005-2006. A well-respected blogger on the writing life, her highly popular Author! Author! website has garnered numerous Internet awards. She lives in Seattle, Washington.