Folks, we are concerned about the money Alabama Sheriffs have taken from the inmate food funds both Federal and State. We have read the comments on AL.com from some of the readers. Most folks do not agree with what is happening but it will not stop until the state starts punishing the criminals who call themselves sheriff. The money is way too easy to take. Another concern, at least in the case of Sheriff Ana Franklin, is that she has been charged with taking money for another account and placing it in the inmate food funds. We believe it. We have heard for quite some time that Franklin had been taking money from the jail store account and from the posse account. Our question is what stops Sheriff Franklin or any of the other sheriffs from taking money from other pots of money such as the pistol permit funds, the federal inmate accounts, and all the other accounts. Apparently, nothing can stop the unscrupulous acts of some of the sheriffs in Alabama. Apparently, 49 sheriffs have refused to turn over their records. That is more than half the sheriffs in Alabama.
Unless the state starts making examples of Alabama Sheriffs that prove to be corrupt, abuse of power, ethics violations, and other such acts, the sheriffs will continue operating the way they do. Because they seem to think they are above the law and have been treated in years past as if they are above the law.
Alabama is a beautiful state and most of our elected officials ran for the right reason. They are true civil servants. It only takes about 49 sheriffs to make the state look bad. These sheriffs refuse to turn over documents that are clearly public domain, open source, unclassified, non-sensitive or whatever you choose to call them. The Alabama law is clear on which documents within the sheriff's office are open source. The inmate food fund records, as well as all other funds, are open source. That does not include the posse funds of course.
From every thing we hear we now have a State Attorney General and a Governor who are serious about cleaning up the mess left by past legislatures too lazy or too uncaring or too afraid of their sheriffs and the power that they hold. Good luck to them.