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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.  
Here's the link to the entire article:
http://www.al.com/news/birmingham/index.ssf/2018/03/inside_etowah_county_jail_nigh.html#incart_2box

14 comments:

  1. Somehow, I bet all of these sheriffs wouldn't think their facilities were adequate if they, themselves, had to use them or stay there for any length of time.

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    1. i bet you're right!! SHERIFF'S probably would not think their facilities were adequate...IF THEY, THEMSELVES, "THESE SHERIFF'S" had to stay in them. Nor would they think they were adequate for any other law abiding, non-crminal citizen. the purpose of those facilities are to DETAIN CRIMINALS...not the OFFICER'S who are enforcing these laws and who are out there serving to protect YOU, their community, from becoming innoncent victims of these criminals and their crimes. Again, i agree that these Sheriff's wouldn't think they were adequate if they had to stay there. Incarceration is a Punishment not a Pleasure.

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    2. Feed them and provide for them or let them go

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  2. Glenda, Glenda, Glenda...there you go again, harassing Sheriff Entrekin. Are you not satisfied just picking on Ana? I'm sure the Etowah Food Dude doesn't enjoy being CYBERBULLIED by you and every other journalist in the state. Will you please just go back to focusing on Ana? PLEASE?

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    1. Look, you can not label a discussion or facts as cyberbullying. How is sharing the above article harassment? You are really going to explode when everyone and their mother reads it in the paper (sharing it across Alabama and such) and click on Facebook to be...wait for it...shared. You better get a grip because if Glenda, Glenda, Glenda did it, wait until you find out the many who joined her in that action. Also, I'm perplexed by your logic. You want Glenda to focus on Ana, but everyone else is off limits because it's considered harassment/cyberbullying?

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    2. Uh, hello? It’s tongue-in-cheek sarcasm. Guess I must have laid it on too thick...

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    3. Ok ok. I'm with you. You were really starting to sound just like Greg. Don't make it a habit. Ha!

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    4. After all...let us hope he doesn't get access to internet anytime soon!

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    5. Blake you damn fool. You are your on worst enemy. The shit you have told will bite you in the ass.

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    6. He is a complete moron. He can't spell investigator much less do it

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    7. Nation wide blogging to bring corrupt cops to surface.

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  3. I see that we are spending money on transport vans, tasers, and other vehicles that are not necessary. Guess what has been bought for the deputies that actually enforce the laws. You guessed it, NOTHING! Ana can't stand the guys who stood by their oath and done the right thing.

    Maybe she bought those new vans to be their last ride south.

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    1. This is absolutely correct. I know first hand many of the Deputies that stood and did the right thing. It is not hard for Ana to figure out because it is almost all of them. She is absolutely showing her true colors and the real professional Deputies who continue to hold the Sheriffs Office together while Ana is traveling everywhere on her extravagant outings. Hang in there guys! The wait has been longer than any of us anticipated but with current events the writing is on the wall and nobody can honestly deny what is happening. Keep up the great work. I promise your efforts are not going unnoticed by many. Ana and gang are all but gone. It is all very sad but the struggles are all almost over. Stay safe! Justice is finally beginning to shine.

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  4. The registered dietician that they speak of only makes up the menu. The dietician does not go from cell to cell making sure the trustees put the proper amount of each serving in each inmates plate.

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