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Tue Jun 20, 2017, 06:07 AM

Hundreds of Inmates Still Confined to Tent City During Phoenix Heat Wave

With an excessive heat warning in effect all week long and temperatures expected to reach 120 degrees during the daytime, the city of Phoenix is advising everyone to stay indoors for the next few days.

But several hundred inmates in Tent City will continue to sleep outdoors during the heat wave, Maricopa County Sheriff's Office public information officer Mark Casey confirmed this morning.

Given that Sheriff Paul Penzone announced in April that he'd be closing Tent City, you may be surprised that there are still inmates there. Local news reports have focused on the crews breaking down tents and beginning to dismantle the complex, and plenty of people only skimmed those headlines and didn't read further to find out that it would take several months to relocate all the inmates housed in Tent City.

As of today, Casey says, there are still 380 inmates left in Tent City. Approximately 400 others have been relocated to the Estrella and Durango county jail facilities.


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