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Ross D. Franklin, Associated Press
FILE - In this file photo from Dec. 5, 2011, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio discusses the latest in the document release on his office's handling of many sexual assault cases over the years in El Mirage, Ariz., during a news conference in Phoenix. Arpaio faces a Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012 deadline for telling the U.S. Justice Department whether he will cooperate in overhauling his agency in response a federal civil rights report that accuses the sheriff's office of civil rights violations. In mid-December, Arpaio was given 60 days by the Justice Department to reach an agreement to fix the alleged violations. The Justice Department says it will file a lawsuit against Arpaio if it isn't satisfied with his response.

PHOENIX — An Arizona sheriff whose office has been accused of civil rights violations has conditionally agreed to take part in discussions with federal officials about ways to correct the alleged violations.

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio said Wednesday that his office needs the U.S. Justice Department to provide facts to back up its allegations that his office racially profiles Latinos, bases immigration enforcement on racially charged citizen complaints and punishes Hispanic jail inmates for speaking Spanish.

The sheriff says he won't back down at the department's threat to sue him in a bid to force changes.

The Justice Department wants the sheriff's office to receive training in constitutional policing, collect data on traffic stops and immigration enforcement and other changes.