AL Law Allows Sheriffs to Profit from Funds Intended for Feeding Inmates

In March 2018 national reporting revealed that Alabama law allows local sheriffs to “keep and retain” leftover funds intended for feeding inmates in county jails. One sheriff profited more than $750,000 over three years. The law encourages corruption, as seen in the case of at least one Alabama county, in which inmates testified to receiving insufficient meals. This is an injustice, as inmates are human beings with human rights to healthy food.