State lawmakers approve change to jail food funds


A view of the state capitol on March 6, 2015 in Montgomery, Alabama. March 7 will mark the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday when civil rights marchers attempting to walk to the Alabama capital of Montgomery for voters’ rights clashed with police. The march from Selma to Montgomery was part of the plight to end voting discrimination against African Americans. AFP PHOTO/BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama lawmakers have voted to end a practice that allowed some sheriffs to pocket leftover jail food funds.

The House of Representatives on Tuesday night voted 102-0 for the bill that changes the flow of jail food funds.

An old state law allowed sheriffs to retain any leftover jail food funds. The practice led to scandals and concerns about whether inmates were being adequately fed.

A federal judge in 2009 briefly jailed a sheriff nicknamed “Sheriff Corndog” for feeding inmates corndogs and little else.

The bill requires the food allowance to go into a separate account that can only be used for feeding prisoners.

It also provides more money for feeding prisoners. However, a House committee stripped a provision that would have built in automatic increases to the daily rate.

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