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Eddie Mair | 15:49 UK time, Friday, 14 December 2007

This is the blog of Shaun Attwood.

He is a British man who spent time in one of America's most notorious jails, and has returned home, after chronicling his life behind bars.

Shaun Atwood was on remand in Arizona for drugs offences in a jail run by the man known as "America's Toughest Sheriff". Joe Arpaio believes in running tough jails. Inmates are served surplus food. They must wear pink underwear. He is popular with the local electorate but not with civil liberties campaigners, who say conditions in his jails are unacceptable. You can read Shaun's view of his experience on his blog.

After more than two years on remand under one of Joe Arpaio's regimes, Shaun Atwood accepted a plea bargain and served his sentence in greater comfort. This week he's finally come home to see his parents Derrick and Barbara who posted his prison letters on a blog.

They spoke to me this morning for about half an hour. You can hear part of the interview on PM. Here it is in full. { Click on the Channel Guide for the edited broadcast version }


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