President Donald Trump granted pardon to Joe Arpaio Friday night, according to the White House.
Without Trump's pardon, the controversial former Mariposa County Sheriff faced up to six months in jail. His sentencing was scheduled for Oct. 5.
Arpaio, 85, made worldwide news for his tactics. He jailed inmates in tents during triple-degree summer heat and forced them to wear pink underwear.
Arpaio served as metro Phoenix's sheriff for 24 years. A federal judge ruled he ordered officers to racially profile Latinos. A judge later found him guilty of contempt of court for ignoring an order to stop traffic patrols that targeted immigrants.
"Not only did the defendant abdicate responsibility, he announced to the world and to his subordinates that he was going to continue business as usual no matter who said otherwise," U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton wrote.
Prosecutors said Arpaio ignored the order to boost his 2012-re-election campaign. But voters got tired of him and didn't elect him last year.