About the Pink Underwear: Over a 24-year long career as Sheriff of Maricopa County, Joe Arpaio became known as America’s Toughest Sheriff ® for his hard-hitting law enforcement policies and programs across the third-largest American jail system. One of his policies to prevent the smuggling of white underwear out of the jail system by inmates upon release was the introduction of pink underwear. Pink was chosen for easy detection and because studies showed that pink reduced tension.
Critics complained that Arpaio was forcing inmates to wear pink underwear to humiliate them – but Sheriff Joe was undeterred. The pink underwear became a public sensation. People from all around the world, including famous entertainers, athletes, and politicians such as the President of Estonia, travelled far and wide to take photos with Sheriff Joe and receive a facsimile of the personally endorsed underwear for themselves as a keepsake to show support for the Sheriff. It became a worldwide sensation as pink boxers were sold over the years to benefit a variety of charities.