Sheriff Ana Franklin was allowed to pay the money back. Well! Maybe. Sheriff Franklin did not pay the money back by placing the money in the Morgan County Jail Inmate Food Account. By that I mean she did not put the money back in the account she stole it from. Instead, Franklin placed the money in a bank in Cullman, Alabama.
As whistleblowers, we have reported a lot of information on the inmate food account. We printed copies of the checks for our readers to see, we spoke to family members about claims of underfeeding inmates, and we received letters from Billable Barney Lovelace claiming we broke the law. We received another letter from the Alabama Sheriff's Association informing us that Sheriff's across the state are allowed to take leftover inmate food funds. As whistleblowers, we have shared a lot of information about the sheriff of our county.
The problem with the sheriff's taking inmate food funds for their own personal gain or from any other sheriff's account is unacceptable.
We have been recognized across the nation as a state that is willing to allow sheriffs to take inmate food funds for personal gain, allowing inmates to go hungry while they enjoy their rodeo and posse events under the guise of a non-profit organization set up to support special needs. The only special needs being supported by the Morgan County Posse were those of Sheriff Ana Franklin and her thugs.
Alabama sheriffs keeping jail food money could run afoul of federal law, lawyers say
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The sheriff's office houses hundreds of U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement detainees in the facility via a contract with the U.S. Marshals Service. Both federal agencies declined to comment.
"Each of these inmates and illegal immigrants who are housed here under an ICE program are fed balanced, nutritious meals that include fruits, vegetables and proteins," he told reporters Friday during a press conference in a room on the ground floor of the detention center.
Etowah County jail.
"In addition to that, there are penalties for every single violation - around $11,000 for every single fraudulent bill sent to the federal government - in addition to being required to pay the attorney's fees of the whistleblower. It's a big hammer that the government has in its arsenal."