With all the work and research that has gone into the old 1930's law that gave sheriffs the privilege to take inmate food funds, some very brave public officials such as Senator Arthur Orr, the Governor Kay Ivey, the State Attorney Generals Legal Opinion dtd 20 April 2011 at the request of Sheriff Blakely what part of this does the sheriffs not understand. The food money is not your money. All of the money taken since the 2011 legal opinion should be paid back to the office of sheriffs around the state.
Nobody is that stupid. The legal opinion is written at a 6th-grade level.
Of course, we say that but Sheriff Ana Franklin says she did not know better. She said she was told by others the money was hers for the taking. Sheriff Franklin apparently forgot about the opinion that she received from Attorney Shinn (retired) County Attorney before taking office. Of course, once taking office Billable Barney Lovelace was able to help Sheriff Franklin muddle through the laws of our state. Maybe that is why Franklin was held in contempt of court. We have seen Billable Barney first hand in the courtroom. Billable Barney is a bully and a spring butt. He absolutely cannot keep his mouth shut.
With all the support surrounding the public officials who demand change from the old antiquated law, we believe that change is coming.
It's a shame that the sheriffs that took inmate food funds can't be locked up and feed the crap they feed the inmates.
When sheriffs and their followers are arrested they will not get a menu with assorted foods to chose from. No steak cooked as you desire. No over easy eggs, lightly buttered toast, no cooked to perfection grits, and no other specialty meals. We hear that Greg Steenson can tell you all about jail food, making his cell nice and tight, and no frayed carpet to walk on not to mention the shower accommodations. He doesn't get to clean the shower after others use it. Jail is no place for those who are neat freaks.
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