Chief Jerry Sheridan of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office jail system, seen here in his office, before he was appointed as Interim Chief Deputy Jerry Sheridan by Sheriff Joe Arpaio.This appointment for Gerald Sheridan took place when then Chief Deputy Dave Hendershott was the subject of investigation following the release of a scalding memorandum by Chief Frank D. Munell.
Chief Sheridan was integral to my involvement in the Jail Project in Phoenix, Arizona. I was looking to work on a new social-documentary photo project when I became aware that one of my beginning Photography 1 students, Jerry Sheridan, was employed by the controversial sheriff of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office ( MCSO ), Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
Chief Jerry Sheridan opened the doors for me to this, the 3rd largest jail system in the US, helped me with the project, and has been a great supporter throughout. We continue to work in the jails on this project. I couldn’t have done this without his help, support and ultimately, his friendship. Jerry Sheridan has also become a fine photographer in his own right in addition to his rise to become the Chief Deputy of the MCSO.
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