Alabama Governor Bans Sheriffs From Taking Funds Meant For Prisoners’ Meals

Alabama Governor Bans Sheriffs From Taking Funds Meant For Prisoners’ Meals
July 12, 2018 Elijah James Logan

Alabama’s governor has moved to ban jail food funds from lining sheriffs’ pockets. Previously sheriffs could keep for themselves any excess money after they had paid for prisoners’ meals. On Tuesday Gov. Kay Ivey ordered that the money no longer go to “sheriffs personally.” Instead any excess will go to a county general fund or an account established for the sheriff’s official use. “Public funds should be used for public purposes,” Ms. Ivey, a Republican, said in a statement. “It’s that simple.” A practice begun in the Depression was upheld in 2008 in a ruling by then-Attorney General Troy King , who said a “sheriff may retain any surplus from the food service allowance as personal income,” noting that “most of the sheriffs in the state have retained the food service allowances for personal income for years.” In 2011, another attorney general, Luther Strange, contradicted King’s opinion , ruling that “neither the sheriff nor the county may use the surplus for any purpose other than

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