Arpaio gets inmates moving on electricity-generating cycles

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  1. ERASER

    ERASER Nyuk,Nyuk,Nyuk!

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    Arpaio gets inmates moving on electricity-generating cycles
    Reported by: Courtney Craig
    Email: ccraig@abc15.com
    Last Update: 2:15 pm
    (Eric English)
    (Eric English)
    PHOENIX -- Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is implementing a new inmate program at Tent City Jail called “Pedal Vision.”

    The program uses inmate-powered cycles to generate electricity for televisions.

    Reports say Arpaio’s recent visit to Tent City inspired the idea, when he saw that many of the inmates were overweight.

    The stationary bikes are customized so that as an inmate pedals, a connected television is powered once the cycle generates 12 volts of electricity.

    One hour of pedaling equals one hour of television viewing for the inmates, according to Arpaio.

    Arpaio said the inmates will only be able to watch television in the television room if they choose to pedal.

    "I started with the females because they seemed more receptive to the idea," Arpaio said. "The only exercise the females get right now is speed-walking around the tents yard and few are doing that. This gives them a reason to get moving and a way to burn up to 500 calories an hour. They won't be charged a monthly gym fee but they will have to sign a contract."

    Sheriff Arpaio debuted the pilot program on April 1.
     
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    That was my idea!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
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    I saw him present at a conference last Sept. If I remember correctly, the channel choices aren't many - CSPAN and the Weather Channel. Not sure if he'll get many takers for his new program, but I appreciate his thinking.
     
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    Gotta love Joe!

    The only downside is, when the prisoners get out, they are gonna be alot faster and harder to catch!
     
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    They already come out in better shape then when they go in. They get access to weights and a yard to run around.
     
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    Oh I know, Im in Phoenix, and one of my employee's is in Tent city as I type for a DUI.
    He has work release so I get to hear all the details at work the next day.