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Mark Grace speaks out on life in Tent City Jail

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Mark Grace spends 12 hours a day in Tent City Jail with nothing more than his bunk bed and a book to read. He says it's exactly what he deserves.

Former Arizona Diamondbacks World Champion player and announcer Mark Grace has called this his bed since February.

"I deserve to be here I'm not going to sit here and say I don't," he says.

It's the first time he's speaking publicly since a judge sentenced him to four months in jail for his second DUI in just a 15-month period. In the last DUI he had a .09 percent alcohol blood content level.

"If you do what I did and not only once but twice then you belong here. I'm 48 years old, I'm too old for this, my family deserves better. My children deserve better."

Grace doesn't say he has a drinking problem. Though when people ask him how he could get a DUI twice, this is how he explains it: "What I tell people is intoxicated and what the state of Arizona thinks is intoxicated is two different things. I really didn't think I needed a ride, I thought I was the responsible one in the group. I was sadly mistaken."

Since Grace has been in jail, Sheriff Joe Arpaio says he's been a model citizen.

"He a gentleman and never complained here and everyone makes a mistake," says Arpaio.

Now Arpaio is asking Grace to speak to youth about staying out of trouble and away from drugs and alcohol.

"Now I actually speak from experience, when I say don't do it, don't do it," says Grace. "I'm not an evil person, just made a really rotten decision and ended up here. I don't think it's changed me as a person and still want to be looked up to as a standup guy and be accountable."

Grace has been granted work release -- allowing him to work for the Diamondbacks as a hitting instructor during the day, returning to his bunk at night.

Grace wouldn't comment on whether or not the DUI limit should be lowered. Grace will serve two years of supervised probation when his jail term is up.

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