News Segment


March 23, 2007

Six prisoners at Arizona’s Maricopa County Jail competed on March 23rd in Inmate Idol, a locked-up version of American Idol. Singer Alice Cooper and Sheriff Joe Arpaio judged the half-dozen inmates that were voted through to the afternoon’s live performance contest finale. Inmates built the set for the final showdown, and 10,000 prisoners were expected to cast ballots for their favorite convict.

The “con”-test was organized to boost morale and give inmates a positive way to spend their idle time. More than 100 men and women auditioned for Inmate Idol over the past three weeks, according to the sheriff’s department, and the finalists are Corey Brothers, Katrina Duhart, John Lowery, Christopher Marsh, Gary Fisher, and Martin Baldera.

Courtesy of