Folks, we can only imagine how the public will react when the 49 sheriffs plus one (Ana Franklin) are forced to release their inmate food fund statements to the Decatur Daily, citizens, and by order of a judge. We are not attorneys but as we have said time and time again on the blog these records are public records. We have posted the sections of the law before but here we go again. The records that have been requested by the media, me, you or any other citizen are releasable information. Explicitly the Alabama Code Title 14. Criminal Correctional and Detention Facilities § 14-6-42 states that "Food for prisoners in the county jail shall be paid for by the state". We have another question if none of this information is releasable then why did Billable Barney provide three copies of sheriffs office quick books accounts to us in 2014? Not that we believed what we saw because it wasn't actually "bank records". To get the real truth it will take getting the "real bank records". The sheriffs do not want the public to gain access to those records.
Whoever is funding the attorney fees for these 50 sheriffs are going to make a killing off of an issue that is not "unfortunate" it's just downright stupid. Sounds like some lobbyist group or other organization has more money than brains. At some point, this craziness called Alabama Sheriffs taking inmate food funds that don't belong to them will end.