Portrait of Female Inmates in the Maricopa County Tent City Jail

Women Inmates in Sheriff Joe's Tent City Jail
Women Inmates in Sheriff Joe's Tent City Jail

When I went into Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s Tent City Jail, female inmates would often self-select into small groups, and wait for me to take their portraits.

Trio of women in Sheriff Joe's Tent City Jail

At times, they be so many inmates waiting to be photographed, that they had to stand in their groupings for many minutes, while I worked my way through all of them.

Aside from my photo project being a break in their otherwise dull MCSO jail routine, the women seem to be genuinely interested in showing their affiliations and sisterhood with their chosen ‘portrait-mates’.

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