by Kate Oh, Political Researcher & Strategist, American Civil Liberties Union
*This essay reflects only the author's own personal views.
Half a year ago, Joe Arpaio was a defeated incumbent facing possible jail time for misdemeanor criminal contempt of court – one consequence of him continuing to illegally detain people in violation of a court order. A racist anti-immigrant hardliner who brutally mistreated and humiliated his inmates, Arpaio is also the first and thus far only person to be pardoned by President Trump. The disgraced former Sheriff of Maricopa County in Arizona is now a candidate for the U.S. Senate.