(PHOENIX) -- Over the years, Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Arizona's Maricopa County has humiliated prisoners by dressing them in pink work suits and having them live in tent cities during the hottest days of summer.
Now, Arpaio's latest gimmick is asking the public to vote for their favorite "Mug Shot of the Day" by going to MCSO.org.
The sheriff is conducting an online poll of mug shots taken of people arrested for various crimes and it's up to readers to decide which unfortunate suspect wins the "Mug Shot of the Day."
Arpaio's rationale is that it will get more people to click on the website and possibly help in criminal investigations. He also contends that it's educational, because visitors will be exposed to different aspects of the law and learn the responsibilities of law enforcement workers.
Making fun of the disheveled and downtrodden depicted in the mug shots is probably another perk, but the sheriff isn't claiming such.
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