Blogger Comments: Folks it should be a no-brainer for sheriffs in Alabama to take the oath not to misuse state jail food funds. Like Sheriff Franklin, many of the sheriffs believe they have done nothing wrong. Perhaps they could win a legal battle in regards to those beliefs. Time will tell. You should not have to be told to do the right thing. Most people are born with a conscience and know the difference between right and wrong.
Money must have a way of altering the conscience with so many sheriffs taking inmate food funds. Right now the Etowah County sheriff is the poster sheriff for taking $750,000.00 in inmate food funds. We believe that Sheriff Franklin and Lawrence County sheriff exceeded those amounts of funds. Again, time will tell. Either way sheriffs in Alabama have taken millions of dollars in inmate food funds. What about the inmates? Etowah County sheriff Entrikin made it clear that his jail is not a bed and breakfast, that it is a jail. We believe the inmates know that to be true. We have heard what Entrikin fed the inmates. The practice of not providing nutritional meals is true for Entrikin. Again. Time will tell.
We also believe that the laws must be changed. The sheriff's commitments are built on trust. Governor Ivey trusts that sheriffs will do the right thing. They are promising to make that commitment. Over time we worry that those commitments will go slip sliding away.
We are proud of Governor Ivey's attempts to force the sheriff's to do the right thing. It is sad that our sheriffs have chosen for years to take jail food funds as their own.
However, and there is a However. The story goes on to say: The affidavit only applies to funds sheriffs use to feed state inmates in their county jails. As such, it does not apply to funds provided to sheriffs by federal, county or municipal governments to feed any of their inmates housed in the jails.
It looks like sheriffs will still be able to partake in taking inmate food funds for many other sources.