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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Ray Long Not Interested In Feeding the Inmates

Blogger Comment:  It seems to be evident that Ray Long takes no interest in the welfare of the inmates to include feeding the inmates.  Excerpts from the letter to the editor makes my blood boil. "However, news reports state that County Commission Chairman Ray Long said something to the effect that he thinks we have an adequate system and has no interest in overseeing the inmate feeding program. If our county commissioners think it is OK for employees paid by the taxpayers and working in a county taxpayer-owned building to generate money that goes into the sheriff’s bank account and subsequently into the sheriff’s pocket, maybe it’s time we elect new county commissioners.  I read the same article.  Many of the people who voted Ray Long into office have loved ones in jail or have had love ones in jail.  We are talking about the rich, middle class and the poor.  If Mr. Long doesn't want to be the commissioner for all the taxpayers maybe he should look for another job.  Pray all the elected officials are not as heartless as Ray Long has turned out to be.  I believed Ray Long was a better man than that.  I received several private comments of people with the same opinion.

The taxpayers of our community voted the Morgan County Public Officials in office and we can vote you out.  NONE OF OUR ELECTED OFFICIALS HAVE DENOUNCED Sheriff Franklin for her conduct.  Why?  Once an outside agency comes in and presses charges against Franklin all of you will speak up.  If you are willing to let a 59-year-old woman, the Daily, and al.com fight your battles for you, what do we have to lose by replacing you?  Not much.

Step up to the plate Mr. Long.  Show the Morgan County Tax Payers that you care enough about this issue to get involved.  


Letter to the Editor, Decatur Daily

Oversight needed on jail feeding program


To The Daily: I can understand a law that allows an Alabama sheriff to keep leftover food money back when the sheriff’s spouse cooked and served meals to the prisoners in a small-town jail, but I don’t think we have that situation today.
A new Morgan County Jail was built in 2006 with about $24 million in taxpayer money that housed about 500 prisoners. A 450-prisoner expansion was recently built with about $9.59 million. The city of Decatur also invested into the recent addition with $2 million and will pay Morgan County $100,000 per month to house Decatur prisoners. I assume the cooks that work in the Morgan County Jail are Morgan County employees paid with Morgan County tax dollars. My common-sense analysis says that excess money (profit) generated in a taxpayer-owned building by taxpayer-paid employees belongs to the taxpayers, not the county sheriff.
The Morgan County Commission should monitor the jail feeding program and insure the prisoners are fed properly and return excess food money to the Morgan County general fund. However, news reports state that County Commission Chairman Ray Long said something to the effect that he thinks we have an adequate system and has no interest in overseeing the inmate feeding program. If our county commissioners think it is OK for employees paid by the taxpayers and working in a county taxpayer-owned building to generate money that goes into the sheriff’s bank account and subsequently into the sheriff’s pocket, maybe it’s time we elect new county commissioners.
The Legislature should eliminate this archaic law and set county sheriff’s salary commensurate with the level of responsibility and complexity of the job based on county population, not jail size.
Tommy Dorris
Hartselle

4 comments:

  1. It makes no sense that there are no checks and balances in place for all of the money taken in by the sheriff department. I am talking about everything from selling t-shirts to money from all drug and criminal cases. The Scott Anderson's office and the commissioners should pay all bills through the commission office. With oversight. What is going on here is mobsters robing taxpayers !!!!

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  2. I agree 100%...she said she took it out of her retirement and savings...then said she told a Federal Judge she moved it because it was nearing the 250k limit...3rd lie...she took it. Bad part about all of this is if she thought it ok to take it...why LIE? Then knowing darn well it was being invested into a convicted felons get rick quick scheme (They all knew he had already spent 4 years in the Federal pen in past for bilking bankers in Decatur out of over 8 mil) Come on Ana...truth is all the public would want from you and it has not happened so it is apparent your time is up. You have ruined the trust of all taxpayers who voted you in office.

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  3. I have had all I can take of the corruption from our Sheriff. How can we as voters start the process of impeaching Ana Franklin? This blog needs to post a section on voters who want her out of office. I also think it sad to have to post as anonious because I am afraid of retaliation. Our Sheriff is elected to protect and serve!!!!

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  4. She is done...no need for impeachment.

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