Excerpt from the TimesDaily clearly shows we need to reform. The laws that govern how sheriffs feed inmates in their facilities are not working in many cases. This excerpt from the story shows that members the Alabama Sheriffs Association do not want reform nor does the county commission lobbyists. It sounds as if the Alabama Sheriffs Association believes that the sheriffs deserve the states leftover money. It also sounds as if the county commission doesn't want to deal with the problem either way. Morgan Counties Commissioner Ray Long and State Senator Author Orr have chosen to take Morgan County's issues and lead the way in an attempt to stop our sheriff from partaking of the funds. "Members of the Alabama Sheriffs Association claim the county commission lobbying organization has resisted that arrangement for years. And the sheriffs don’t want to totally lose access to the money because, by law, it is supplemental income. Complicating matters is the political minefield lawmakers encounter on the rare occasions they attempt reform. Both groups lobby hard to prevent reform."
Does it make sense to you that the Sheriff took $160,000.00 to invest $150,000.00 dollars into her cousin's business? Lord only knows what happened to the $10,000.00 Franklin withdrew that wasn't invested in the Performance Auto Sales.
What a lot of folks may not realize is that the inmate food fund records are public domain based on Alabama Law and anyone of us should be able to request and receive a copy of those records. The fact that the attorney for the Alabama Sheriffs Association told sheriffs not to comply with the request is disgusting. Should an Alabama elected official refuse to provide you with those documents the only way to gain relief is through a lawsuit. Hopefully, the judge will order the sheriffs to release the documents. I think we will all be surprised to find out how much money these sheriffs have taken to pad their pockets.