State Lawmaker Wants Etowah Sheriff To Stop Pocketing Jail Food Money

A bill tp stop the Etowah County sheriff from putting money in his pocket from feeding prisoners, will be introduced by Republican Mack Butler. The bill would require the sheriff to use any left over food money at the jail, to either keep being used for food or for other law enforcement purposes. Etowah’s sheriff got national attention by pocketing more than $700-thousand from the jail food service. It’s legal — because Alabama law says the sheriff has a personal responsibility to feed inmates — and if state money isn’t enought, the sheriff makes it up out of his pocket. If there’s surplus cash, he keeps it — and Sheriff Todd Entrekin bought a fancy beach house with the money he made.