Maricopa County, Ariz., Sheriff Joe Arpaio is serving some prisoners "bread and water" as punishment for allegedly unpatriotic behavior, reports USA Today.

Arpaio announced his latest jailhouse initiative – "patriotic jails in honor of Veterans Day" – in a Nov. 7 press release. To celebrate the holiday, he said, American flags were placed in each inmate's cell.

"Any defacement or vandalism of the flags by inmates comes with the penalty of bread and water," he warned. At the time of that release 10 inmates had already earned themselves the old-fashioned fare.

Arpaio spokeswoman Lisa Allen says inmates are condemned to the diet for 30-day periods of time. The office's latest count of flag desecrators remained 10 as of Tuesday.

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