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Sunday, September 23, 2018

Nine Sheriffs take the Oath

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.  

Alabama sheriffs begin signing 'oaths' to not misuse state jail food funds

Etowah County Sheriff Todd Entrekin pocketed more than $750,000 worth of public funds allocated for the feeding of inmates in the Etowah County Detention Center (pictured here.) Entrekin is not one of the nine sheriffs who had submitted affidavits for August inmate-feeding funds to state Comptroller Kathleen Baxter's office as of Friday. (Connor Sheets | csheets@al.com)
Nine Alabama sheriffs have sent the state signed affidavits stating that they will use state jail food funds only to feed state inmates.
Gov. Kay Ivey updated the affidavits - which county sheriffs must sign to receive the state inmate-feeding money - last month to include an "oath" that they will not use the funds for any other purpose.
The move was an attempt to put an end to some sheriffs' longstanding practice of pocketing "excess" state money they receive to feed state inmates in their county jails but do not use for that purpose. The practice has been a major point of controversy in Alabama since AL.com reported in March that Etowah County Sheriff Todd Entrekin had pocketed more than $750,000 worth of inmate-feeding funds over the previous three years and proceeded to purchase a $740,000 beach house in September 2017.
Morgan County Sheriff Ana Franklin ran into trouble in federal court over a dispute that involved, among other things, her using the jail food fund to invest in a crooked car lot.
Advocates and other observers initially expressed concern about whether sheriffs would try to resist the move. But the office of state Comptroller Kathleen Baxter had already received nine signed affidavits by Friday afternoon. The sheriffs reported the number of state inmates housed in their county jails in August and requested reimbursement by the state at a rate of $1.75 per inmate per day.
So far, the sheriffs of Bullock, Cherokee, Chilton, Clay, Covington, DeKalb, Escambia, Shelby, and Sumter counties have complied with Ivey's new policy.
The sheriffs of Alabama's 57 other counties have yet to send the state affidavits for the cost of feeding state inmates in August. That is not unusual, though, according to Baxter, who said that sheriffs can submit the affidavits as often as they like, as long as the state receives them by the end of each fiscal year.
"The sheriffs will request reimbursement whenever they want to," Baxter told AL.com Friday. "So the sheriffs could wait an entire year to request their reimbursement, or they could do it monthly or they could do it quarterly. They don't have to do it every month ... If they want the money they'll have to fill out the forms."
Last month, Ivey announced that as of Sept. 1 the affidavits would include new language stating that sheriffs take an "oath" that the state funds will only be spent only on "food for prisoners in the county jail" and "preparing food, serving food and other service incident to the feeding of prisoners." The previous version of the affidavit did not include language that restricted what the money could be spent on.Ivey applauded the nine sheriffs for signing and submitting the new affidavit forms.
"It is great to see that sheriffs are supporting my decision and ensuring that public funds are being used for public purposes," she said in a Friday statement. "We must do what is right by the people of Alabama and be good stewards of tax payer dollars."
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.

20 comments:

  1. I knew lawrence county sheriff gene mitchell wasn't going to be on that list, harvey eugene ain't giving up his money unless a federal judge or a new state law is passed and he will probably fight that to much money at stake. Of course he says he is breaking even, does anyone think he would be fighting this tooth and nail if he was breaking even? I don't he is making a killing just like the others.

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    1. Gene making a killing off what he is charging the five municipalities. Alot more than $1.75 per day. Seen in the paper where they are charging $30 per day for housing, use to be $5 per day.

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    2. Let's see, Lawrence County Sheriff's Department provides a dispatcher that dispatches for all of those municipalities, they also provide Correction Officers, nurses and doctors who take care of the inmates for those municipalities when they arrest them and drop them off at Sheriff Mitchell's Jail. Those employees are paid by Lawrence County Sheriff's Department, not those municipalities. So I would think it's a pretty fair deal that they are only charged $30 dollars a day for providing all of these services for the municipalities. Including feeding them. While they get substantial pay raises from Alcohol taxes, and County employees continue to do their jobs with minimum pay because it sounds like they are having to support everyone else..do you hear them complaining?? And trying to stir up trouble and animosity? No you don't, seems like they make do with what they have because they care about the citizens of the county and their wellbeing... I believe there is more to just holding the title of "Sheriff" than obviously alot of people realize. All I ask is to keep an opened mind and look at situations from all angles, dont just jump on a band wagon just because you may know half truths. Political arguments are just that, arguements, just to see who can out argue someone. But trust me that doesn't make you a leader by no means, if all you're doing is throwing unnecessary accusations around and believing disgruntal employees whom have been outed, fired and let go for their very own ignorance that they got caught up in. Misery loves company, so please keep an open mind and learn facts before you make assumptions. (Power,water,clothing,bedding,hygiene products, I'm sure that's not cheap either) just something to think about.

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  2. I predict as soon as election is over everything will go back to normal, no law will be changed in legislature or anything, then in 4 years we will do same all over again.

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    1. If the new Sheriff was not who he is you may have been right. A real law enforcement professional who is moral and ethically correct and the background to back it up.

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    2. Your right, in lawrence county I belive mr sanders will honor his word because he is an honest man and a law enforcement professional, not a montgomery politician. I know clean gene want change and I fear the gov and others in the legislature will get weak kneed when not under pressure of an election.

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    3. When I wrote the first one I wasn't thinking about max, guess because I don't think of him as a politician.

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  3. Ana said she would not and she would be the most transparent ever.

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    1. Gene mitchell said he wouldnt take left over food money, wouldn't hire his brothers and he only wanted it for one term. Just 3 basic lies we all familiar. But he claims to be the most honest ethical sheriff ever.

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  4. So what you are saying is that the whistleblower blog will mean nothing in the end? The whistleblowers gave up years of their life for nothing? We can believe that. We do still live in Alabama where the politicians abide by no laws.

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    1. It would be great if the whistleblower meant nothing in the end wouldn't you agree, that would mean everyone was doing right. I Hope WHITSLEBLOWER Stays around ti keep Ron and Max on their toes and honor their word or know they will be called out.

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  5. Dare I say it? Could tomorrow actually be the day Morgan County has been waiting for?

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  6. Sheriff Gene Mitchell, we know 100% for fact that you read the morgancountywhistleblower daily. We would like to challenge you to publicly sign the affidavit not to keep left over jail food money and do so before the Nov 6th general election. After 12 years finally do what you said you would do in 2006. You said the sheriff's salary should stand alone yet you have taken nearly a million dollars over the last 12 years according to what you told the decatur daily. This issue is not going away.

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  7. Sheriff Mitchell why did you not submit an affidavit saying you would not use left over Jail food money for your personal use? Guess you got to have it to keep "peanut" fattened up. So unprofessional. Can't follow instructions from health dept. All this going to catch up with you sooner or later.

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  8. I can't wait till October when the good information can be released on this sheriff. How does it feel to know that October surprise is coming?

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  9. What are the motives? What drives this? Taking down Ana is not over. Ana is exposed and should have been removed already. What’s next when Ana is gone?

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  10. This simply is not fair to anyone that the criminals have not been removed from the Sheriffs Office at this point! Is there no justice at all?

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  11. No justice. No justice. No justice. Damn shame.

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  12. Like all really smart people ,I want answer the question with questions. What is the response time for LCSO? Has anyone ever reported a felony theft that was solved by good detective work (not the property owner?), what is the supervisor to Deputy ratio? The answer to all these questions is...Not too good! Don't even know Sanders but he is not the Sheriff now. This is a post from Brandon Abbott on the fb page fake moulton advertiser.

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  13. Ok, will 76 year old Gene Mitchell debate Max Sanders? Let's switch from fb sparring to debating.

    DEBATE, DEBATE, DEBATE, DEBATE, DEBATE, DEBATE, DEBATE?

    Alse Gene what is facebook sparring, give an example please. Why are you attacking Max Sanders?

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