Folks, it is obvious that many of the sheriffs do not want us to know how much money they have taken from the inmate food funds for themselves. They lie steal and cheat and then use an outside agency to fight their battles in court.
What is even more revealing is that some of our legislators waited until the last minute and then claim there isn't enough time to address the issues. Forcing the legislators that care about the issues to address them county by county.
The cowardly sheriffs now want to claim they cannot release any of the records because the case is in litigation. Fancy meeting you here. Had the sheriffs turned over the records and come clean, they would not be using that excuse. The inmate food funds is an inspectable account and falls under the Alabama Open Records laws. What is interesting about this Alabama law is it gives elected politicians a way out. If the public official refuses to provide the information requested, your only recourse is to file a lawsuit.
Another thing we should be concerned about is all the other accounts the sheriffs maintain. What is happening with the funds in the other accounts?
49 Alabama sheriffs hide jail food funds, flout open records law