talkingpointsmemo.com – The sheriff says he’s following the law. The inmates say they’re going hungry.
According to a string of reports from AL.com, Sheriff Todd Entrekin of Etowah County, Alabama, has pocketed over three quarters of a million dollars intended for inmates’ meals, buying himself an expensive beach house, among other items, while leaving detainees eating rotten or contaminated food. Not long after acting as a source for AL.com’s reporting, one local man found himself charged with a felony by Entrekin’s office.
Entrekin has been taking advantage of a state law, passed before World War II, that allows sheriffs to keep for themselves any excess taxpayer dollars intended to feed inmates in their jails. He’s one of 49 Alabama sheriffs named in a lawsuit filed in January by human rights groups alleging abuse of the law. The groups say that because Alabama sheriffs have complete discretion over what inmates eat, the law incentivizes sheriffs to cut costs on food.
In response, Entrekin, who is running for reelection this year, has come out swinging, calling the claims “fake news” churned out by the “liberal media.”
Entrekin did not immediately return TPM’s questions seeking comment.
Entrekin has admitted to accumulating extraordinary sums in what he calls his “food provision” fund. In forms filed with the Alabama Ethics Commission and obtained by AL.com, Entrekin reported he made “more than $250,000” per year over the last three years in excess government funds intended to feed inmates.
The sheriff has been cagier about where that money went.
AL.com reported that despite pulling in an annual salary of around $93,000, Entrekin and his wife in September purchased a $740,000 four-bedroom house on the Gulf Coast, and own several other properties as well.
First the Fajita Don and now this guy, what the hell is going on…these are some Orange is the New Black ass headlines. Also is that the wave in 2018? You get caught doing some fucked up shit with hardcore facts and evidence and just blame the media.