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Thursday, March 22, 2018
'Nightmare' conditions may have helped sheriff buy beach house
Here we go again, folks.
Joseph Estrade spent just three nights in the Etowah County Detention Center, but the 29-year-old New Orleans man considers that long weekend in April 2016 one of the worst experiences he has ever endured.
He describes the county jail as a "nightmare" plagued by a host of problems including poor food, unsanitary conditions and severe overcrowding that made him feel like he was "going insane" within a few hours of his booking into the Gadsden facility.
"That jail is like a prison; it's not a common jail. You walk in and it's very surreal how intense it is inside," Estrade, who was held in the detention center after being arrested by the Etowah County Sheriff's Office on marijuana charges two weeks before his wedding, said in a Friday phone interview.
"I know jail is not supposed to be Disneyland, I get that. It's a punishment place - great. But people still need to be treated like human beings."
Etowah County Sheriff Todd Entrekin has come under scrutiny for the way he manages the jail following an AL.com report last week that revealed that he personally pocketed more than $750,000 in public funds allocated to feed its prisoners.
"In regards to feeding of inmates, we utilize a registered dietitian to ensure adequate meals are provided daily," he said via email earlier this month.
On Wednesday Entrekin declined to answer detailed questions about how he feeds the inmates, complaints about the food, or how he manages the inmate-feeding funds. He instead stated via email that "[a]ll questions concerning the feeding of inmates will be answered at a news conference on Friday for you and your media colleagues."
A litany of current and former inmates, civil rights advocates and lawyers have repeatedly alleged over the past five years that the food served in the facility - known as either the Etowah County Detention Center or simply the Etowah County jail - is subpar, portions are inadequate and the conditions in the facility are inhumane.
The article continues with tales of lousy, cramped conditions, stopped up toilets, sleeping on the floor on plastic "boats",loss of weight, food poisoning, etc.