With a 31-0 vote, the Alabama State Senate passed SB228, which would stop the practice that allows county sheriffs to personally keep excess funds from feeding prisoners.
Under existing law, county sheriffs receive an allowance of $1.75 per day for inmate from the state to feed prisoners, and sheriffs are allowed to personally keep any leftover money after the costs of food service have been paid, “unless the county commission has directed the allowances to be paid into the county State General Fund.”
SB228 would, “increase the amount of the amount of the allowance paid to the sheriff by the state for feeding prisoners to $2.25 per day per prisoner. The amount provided by the state would be increased by two percent each year beginning on October 1, 2021.”
The bill also, “establishes a Prisoner Feeding Fund in the office of the sheriff of each county into which all allowances would be paid. The Prisoner Feeding Fund would only be used for feeding prisoners except at the end of each fiscal year, 25 percent of the unencumbered balance may be used for jail operations or law enforcement purposes.”
The bill now goes to the State House of Representatives.