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He reduced that amount to about $35,000, but the amount of debt continued to climb to the present amount of about $244,000.
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feeding now better than we ever fed, Entrekin said.
The county commission would have to purchase all food under the bid law, but the sheriff can buy food items and transfer them to the business without paying sales tax and can use any surplus money as personal income. The state bid law does not apply because the law directs the sheriff to operate it as a personal business.
Entrekin said the county commission has told him it has no interest in taking over feeding of the prisoners.
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day per inmate, Harp said. would be like trying to feed someone in your family for that and you can do it. It just not right. In my opinion, whether the sheriff makes money or loses money, it just wrong for the sheriff to have to create a business to feed the prisoners. said some sheriffs across the state do make money, but more and more are starting to lose money because of an increase in food costs.
There were about 738 inmates in jail on Wednesday. About 382 of those were county, state and city inmates while 356 were immigration detainees. There are about 125 inmates who receive a special diet because of religious or medical reasons.
A constitutional amendment approved in 1977 makes it optional for county commissions to take over the feeding responsibility.
Grand jurors found that even though Entrekin would like for the feeding of the prisoners to be the responsibility of the Etowah County Commission, it is the sheriff sole responsibility based on the state law, Harp said.
When the law was written, Harp said nobody could have foreseen that one day a county like Etowah would have so many inmates, nor that those inmates would include ICE detainees.
commission, which then pays the sheriff the fee. The state reimburses $1.75 per day for county and state inmates, Entrekin said. The city of Gadsden pays $3 per day for its inmates.
The increase in food costs and the stricter federal guidelines required for detainees in Etowah County have led to the deficit. Entrekin said there are fewer complaints if all inmates are fed the same, so it is much simpler to feed all inmates according to the federal guidelines.
The grand jury included its findings in a report filed with Etowah County Presiding Circuit Judge Allen Millican after the grand jury convened the week of June 11.
Etowah County grand jury approves inmates' foodAn inmate adds tortillas to the makings of chicken burritos Thursday at the Etowah County Detention Center.
Recently the county commission approved for the fee for federal detainees to increase to $4 per day per detainee, Entrekin said.
When Entrekin was appointed sheriff in November 2007 to fill a vacancy left by the death of Sheriff James Hayes he had to borrow $150,000 to continue feeding the inmates.
He is among a majority of sheriffs in Alabama who operate under an antiquated law that makes sheriffs personally responsible for the feeding of prisoners.
It part of the grand jury responsibility to review various accounts, including the sheriff personal account for feeding of the prisoners, District Attorney Jimmie Harp said. Immigration and Customers Enforcement detainees.
The law was written in 1911, at a time when the sheriff and his family lived in the jail. The sheriff wife usually cooked for her family and the prisoners. In those days, sheriffs did not get a Nike Lebron Soldier 9 Usa salary and were paid by the fees they brought in.
be posted 35 days in advance. Temperatures in the cooler, freezer and storage area checked often. Supervisors must be certified in the ServSafe program, a national certification required under the federal guidelines.
Sheriff Todd Entrekin was subpoenaed to appear before the grand jury members, who inspected income and expense receipts of the feeding of the inmates.
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Even with the highest amount paid, it is not possible to feed one detainee for that amount, three meals a day, Harp said.
A full time federal inspector is at the jail daily to keep check on the food and other requirements necessary for the federal contract.
law is crystal clear that the responsibility belongs to the sheriff, Harp said. (grand jurors) said it should not be the responsibility of the Etowah County sheriff, but under the current law there is no other option. They wanted to know why it is the sheriff personal responsibility. They had always heard it was a lucrative business opportunity, but they see now it is a losing proposition. attorney general opinion also has confirmed it is the sheriff responsibility.
Entrekin said the feeding of the federal detainees has more requirements, but all inmates are fed the same meals.
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