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Friday, April 5, 2019

Inmate Food Funding Legislation Introduced

BLOGGER COMMENTS:  Senator Orr is trying again to bring some semblance of equity, order, and yes humanity to providing jail inmates adequate meals paid for by all the money that's allocated for that purpose, without the sheriffs siphoning off a chunk for their own use.   Here's the link to the story:

https://www.decaturdaily.com/news/other_news/state_capital/orr-files-bill-to-end-sheriffs-use-of-jail-food/article_fb251e7f-5320-55dc-8feb-7e6b95b30de8.html

Orr files bill to end sheriffs' use of jail food funds for personal gain

State Sen. Arthur Orr, R-Decatur, filed a bill Wednesday that would abolish state sheriffs’ access to county jails’ food funds for personal gain.

Orr said the bill would also increase the amount the state pays county jails for hosting state prisoners from $1.75 to $2.25 a day per prisoner. This would increase by 2% a year after Oct. 1, 2021.
Each county would establish a prisoner feeding fund. If there’s money left in the jail food fund at the end of the fiscal year, the bill would allow the sheriff to use up to 25% of the money for jail operations or law enforcement purposes, Orr said.
The bill also establishes a state fund of $500,000 that will increase 1.5% a year to cover the counties’ unforeseen overruns.
Even though the bill doesn’t impact most of his district, Orr said he filed the bill because the practice of sheriffs benefiting financially from jail food money “creates a terrible perception for the state. This should get it resolved once and for all.”
Damn right!  

2 comments:

  1. Go get them Orr. You rock.

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  2. There is no reason this should not pass unanimously. I think every person in Alabama knows the current law is obsolete. I hope this issue is finally gets resolved this year.

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