federal judge ordered a north Alabama sheriff jailed this week, saying the lawman intentionally served jail inmates “woefully insufficient” meals in order to pocket more than $200,000.
The state provides sheriffs with $1.75 per day per inmate for food, according to the Alabama Attorney General’s Office. However, in a March 2008 opinion, the office affirmed that sheriffs may legally keep what is left over.
“There is no minimum amount of money that the Sheriff must spend on food,” said court documents filed by Melanie Velez, an attorney with the Southern Center for Human Rights, representing the inmates. “Statutory permission to pocket the state’s food subsidy does not, however, make it acceptable for the Sheriff to provide less than an adequate amount of food to detainees at the jail.”
Is Alabama ever going to get with the rest of the country?
They also voted in 2004 against removing the racial parts of there constitution. The people there should be ashamed to say they are from Alabama.