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Jail cuts back on 24-hour Christmas music

By By Dawn Alexander and Steve Stout
Published On: Dec 24 2013 06:02:37 AM MST
Updated On: Dec 24 2013 06:57:10 PM MST
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Phoenix (KPHO) -

Christmas music played in Phoenix jails for 8,500 inmates has been cut from around-the-clock to a couple of hours twice a day.

In December 2005, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio wanted to lighten the mood in the jails for both the inmates and the detention staff, so he ordered Christmas music to be played 24 hours a day. But instead of lightening the mood, he only irritated inmates.

Arpaio said he has heard the complaints from inmates and will now only play Christmas music for two hours in the morning and two hours in the evening.

Christmas music played in the jails includes artists such as Andrea Bocelli, Elvis, Julio Iglesias and Alvin and the Chipmunks.

The selection also includes music from various faiths, from agnostic to Christian to Jewish.