Judge Joe Brown on 5-day prison sentence: It's like a 'slave warehouse'

Judge Joe Brown Starts Five-Day Jail Sentence for Contempt of Court Charge

Judge Joe Brown was released from a Tennessee jail on Tuesday after serving a five-day sentence for contempt of court. Following his release, the former Memphis judge spoke to ET about how he views the justice system from the other side.

"Being inside a jail is like being in the slave warehouse," Judge Joe Brown told ET. "The problem with being in a jail is not whether you have TV sets, radios or air conditioning. It's the fact that you're confined against your liberty."

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Brown, 68, was observing juvenile court proceedings at the Shelby County Criminal Court in Memphis, Tennessee last March when he was approached by a woman who asked him to take a look at her child support case. He told ABC News at the time that he felt obliged to help her and ended up going before a judge on her behalf.

Brown was found in contempt when he reportedly became verbally abusive to court workers and ignored Juvenile Court Magistrate Harold Horne's warning to calm down.

"This is the worst, most racist, discriminatory operation [ the justice department] have ever investigated," Brown told ET, claiming that there was no precedent of a retired trial judge being arrested in the way that he was in the state of Tennessee. "But that did one thing," he continued. "It firmed up in me, when all this stuff was going on, that I've got to come out of retirement and I've got to do a show again."

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Judge Joe Brown on 5-day prison sentence: It's like a 'slave warehouse'
MEMPHIS, TN - MARCH 24: In this handout photo provided by the Shelby County Sheriff's Office, former TV court judge Joe Brown is seen in a police booking photo after his arrest for contempt of court March 24, 2014 in Memphis, Tennessee. Brown was representing a client in juvenile court when he allegedly became verbally abusive when he was told his case was not on the court docket. He was sentenced to five days in jail but later released on his own recognizance. (Photo by Shelby County Sheriff's Office via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JUNE 23: Judge Joe Brown attends the 39th annual Daytime Emmy Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on June 23, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JUNE 14: Judge Joe Brown attends the 39th annual daytime Emmy Awards nominees reception at SLS Hotel on June 14, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Tibrina Hobson/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JUNE 14: Deborah Brown and Judge Joe Brown attend the 39th Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards - Nominees Reception at SLS Hotel on June 14, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD - JULY 18: Judge Joe Brown attends the CW/CBS/Showtime/CBS Television TCA party at Boulevard3 on July 18, 2008 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
Judge Joe Brown during International Radio and Television Society Foundation 'Gold Medal Awards' Gala, Arrivals at The Waldorf Astoria in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Sylvain Gaboury/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES - NOVEMBER 30: Judge Joe Brown poses for a photo before the start of the 72nd Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade November 30, 2003 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Carlo Allegri/Getty Images)
Judge Joe Brown during 'Undisputed' Premiere at Mann Festival in Westwood, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
Judge Joe Brown during Paramount Pictures Celebrates 90th Anniversary With 90 Stars for 90 Years at Paramount Pictures in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
398509 06: Judge Joe Brown judges a drink during the Battling Bartenders Competition December 12, 2001 at Universal City Walk in Universal City, CA. Bartenders competed by mixing non-alcholic drinks. The beverages were judged for taste, appearance and creativity. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Brown already has a title for his next show should it come to fruition, True Verdict. One of the first things Brown did upon his release was focus on drafting out details for the proposed TV show, but while inside he was focused on what he saw as problems with the justice system.

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"It's no longer concerned so much with controlling crime as it is dealing with those people who are surplus labor. In other words, this country hasn't paid enough attention to making sure everybody has a job," Brown said. "They get the first felony so you can't vote anymore in life and you no longer can get a job, so there's a lot of money to be made by locking people up... But we aren't doing anything about correcting this problem, and I think it's time that we develop a national and local leadership that's committed to doing something about it, which will be, amongst other things, one of the points and topics that will be looked at [on the new show]."

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