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Sunday, December 23, 2018

Lawrence County Citizens Speak Up - We all know it's all about the money

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Lawrence County Jail
Folks these jails have become all about the almighty dollar. They are no longer about corrections or punishment. They are about how much money can we make off the inmates and their families or loved ones.
In Lawrence County, if you bond someone out of jail they now charge a $35.00 jail processing fee.  Not sure where this money goes or what it is used for or who gets it.  Not sure what the purpose of this fee is since in Lawrence County everyone who is arrested or gets a ticket when paying their fine and court costs pays a $35.00 jail fee. This fee is to pay for the construction of the current jail which is 20 years old. Just another burden added to the families for the money maker.  This applies to property bonds and bail bondsmen but the $35.00 is separate from what you have to pay the bondsman and must be paid by the person making the bonds. I think this is a clear case of double dipping. The $35.00 jail fee is being paid twice.
As if that is not bad enough as soon as you walk into the doors of the jail you immediately have access to two machines, the first is so you can put money into their account so they can buy items from the jail including food. This seems like a racket to me; first, you don’t feed them adequately and then sell them overpriced food all the while getting rich off leftover jail food money. Next to the first money machine is another money machine to put money into an account so they can use the phones.
These things put a burden on the families, many of whom are already struggling financially. The phones they can do without but when a loved one calls and says they are hungry and it has been well documented they are not being fed properly by these greedy sheriffs it is hard to not rake and scrape and come up with money for them to buy something to eat.
This whole operation just seems to swirl around how we can make money off people who are in jail and contrary to popular belief most are not hardened criminals like the sheriff portrays them.  The food is about like this jail processing fee, it all seems like double dipping to me, getting money from the State for food and then getting money from the inmates for food. 
The operations of the Sheriff's Department has gone from one of law enforcement to one with multiple systems within the organization that is totally focused on making money.

18 comments:

  1. Every county collects $35 per person bonded, it is usually paid by the bond co and they collect as part of your bond money. It goes to the circuit clerks office. Morgan co started doing it in 2015 per the state. It may be taken up differently in each co but it's the same fee.

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    1. What about a property bond?

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    2. Does Morgan County collect $35.00 on every criminal, civil and traffic case to pay for the jail? Lawrence County does. So that is $70.00 being collected in Lawrence County.

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  2. That is little short lying greedy eugene for you.

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  3. Eugene, when you came in office linda said the jail fee account had roughly 2 million in reserve, 12 years later according to commissioner bradley cross they are having to take money out of general fund to make jail loan payment because the jail fee account was bone dry broke. Where did the money go gene?

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  4. That jail is a scam. Riping the citizens off by a greedy sheriff and a bunch of outsiders. I hope mr. Sanders hires lawrence county people who will be loyal to our county and our citizens and not make ole harvey eugene little short ass rich. That jail and operations needs to be investigated by state and federal.

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  5. There is too much money being made off of the incarcerated individuals. Fines, bail, bonds, and drug court fees are enough. The position of sheriff has evolved into a money making scheme, not a corrections or detention until court. All counties in Alabama. Not just Morgan.

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  6. Gene Mitchell brother chief deputy and colonel kenneth mitchell (whom he said he would not hire, liar) has been over the jail especially when james baker was there so maybe so can he tell us where the two million dollars went in 12 years?

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  7. Sheriff Gene Mitchell, how many jail employees have had issues with female inmates that have been allowed to resign over the last 12 years but did not face criminal prosecution? Why? Do you think running a car tag is more serious than relationships between jailers and female inmates? Or is this exactly what it is, political prosecution of your enemies? Seems your enemies are the only ones who get arrested? Why is this? Please respond. Can't wait for your little short ass testifies in court on this, your 12 years about to be exposed.

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  8. Sheriff Gene Mitchell how many law suits have been filed against the jail in the past 12 years and how many have been lost or settled and at what cost to the county under the management and supervision of you and your brother Kenneth mitchell? Blind leading the blind. Gene Mitchell has bankrupt this county and all the facts coming out in a few weeks. See how your administration is remembered after that, Gene mitchell will go down as a bad sheriff who ruined the county especially financially with him and Peggy Dawson and Peggy king moving money around, where did al the jail fee money go? Why are you Riping off the families of the county with this money making jail?

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  9. Sheriff Gene Mitchell, why is it one bond company signs 90% of the bonds? Do you have any connections to this company or persons who run it? We will be in Montgomery for days filing complaints in a few weeks.

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  10. Why do so many folks post under anonymous???

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    1. Because they don't want to be the next person charged with 51 crimes by Genes old buddies with the state police or SBI.

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  11. Well did Old Gene Mitchell give the inmates a special meal today? I heard they had to pay extra for it, Gene is all about making some money. Getting rich off the jail?

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  12. Seems like everybody is figuring out who the "real thugs" are.

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  13. Gene have you gathered up all that sheriff's department equipment inventory that has been given out to those from the west side of the county? Got to get all that stuff together and organized for next administration. Oh I forgot you want even communicate with the new sheriff. Such a sore loser! Cry baby cry baby cry baby cry! Screw with someone else, show that vengeance.

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  14. I cant wait for the day after the new sheriff takes over in Lawrence County. We going to file FOIA requests and see if we can get more information on this work release building that the county administrator says they have no records of. Also lets see how many bonding companies service the jail, then we need to see what the percentage is for each on signing bonds. If you company is signing a significant amount of bonds over the others then we will have to see what if any is the connection between the bonding company and this administration. after gathering this information on these two issues then it may be time to make a trip to Montgomery so some more investigating can be done and lets see who is on the receiving end of those investigations. Or Gene could clear this all up by providing that information along with an explanation now. This is not going to end in three weeks, just in case anyone is wondering. But make sure ole Tommy G III is on stand by.

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  15. Sheriff Gene Mitchell can you confirm or deny that one bonding company in moulton signs about 85% of all bonds by bonding companies and if this is correct why? Also do employees tell prisoners this particular bonding company can get to the jail quicker than any other? Is there any connection between this bonding company and this administration? Are there any ethics violations related to one bonding company signing such a high percentage of the bonds? Is the $35 processing fee related to this? Who is getting that money?

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