How does Barney know if lack of food money has harmed the inmates? Has he been to the jail and conducted an inspection? For months Barney and Sheriff Franklin refused to allow a non-appropriate organization out of Tuscaloosa entrance to the jail to inspect the well-being of mentally ill inmates.
Perhaps the lack of food funds didn't harm the inmates. Perhaps it was lack of food that harmed the inmates caused by misuse of inmate food funds. Maybe it was from lack of food because Sheriff Ana Franklin would not allow the corrections officer to purchase food such as fresh meats and vegetables, fruits, real milk, juice, and grains to sustain the inmate's weight.
Why is Barney so insistent that the sheriff should not be required to use ALL inmate food funds for feeding the inmates? Is it because Sheriff Franklin has already spent more money out of the inmate food funds than she claimed to have spent? Maybe Barney should ask the judge to set up a special slush fund for Sheriffs. He could call it “Sheriff Slush Funds”. Hey! I thought there was already a fund set up such as that. It’s called Discretionary Funds. Franklin could have used the Discretionary Funds for just about anything. Why did Franklin take the legal chance of getting caught with her hand in the cookie jar? Greed.