Blogger Comments: Sheriff Puckett is a sheriff and a gentleman. He could have bashed the previous sheriff for the lack of money she left but he has taken a negative and turned it into a positive. There are many positive sides for our county. Nobody is stealing inmate food funds, taking posse funds for their own greedy selves, and not acting as if they are above the law. The previous sheriff and her thiefdoms caused a lot of harm to our county but they were right in line with about 49 other sheriffs around the state.
Looking forward we need to let rubbish be rubbish because it is just a matter of time before they do something else stupid or illegal. As for how the sheriffs made money on feeding the inmates the answer is quite clear. They didn't half-a$$-d feed the inmates. That is how they made money. If family members didn't place money on the inmates account they received very little food. They also jacked up the prices in the commissary to make a killing off of the inmate's loved ones.
That being said a lot of things have changed since way back then. Drugs are evil, people are not. The drugs become the person's soul and control their actions. When you look at a person on drugs you don't see the person you know and love because that person's soul has been taken over by the drugs. You see your loved ones do things that you know they would never do if it wasn't for the drugs and or alcohol.
Often times drug abuse is secondary to mental illness. Do what you can with what you have to work with, Puckett. Treating your employees with respect and you will be respected, feed the inmates adequately, be proactive in booking to try and find any conditions that may become a liability to the SO and the commission, and just keep doing what you are doing as it seems to be working quite well.
FrontPage on Sunday's DECATUR DAILY.
Morgan County Sheriff Ron Puckett took office nine months ago, bringing to a close the controversial tenure of former Sheriff Ana Franklin. In an interview this month he discussed the transition, his concern about recent inmate deaths, efforts to minimize county expenditures for inmate health care, and how his faith helps him do his job.