Report: Etowah sheriff has $244G jail food debt

GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) - An Etowah County grand jury report says inmates at the jail are being adequately fed. But the jail food system, based on a 1911 state law, doesn't sit well with the sheriff, who is trying to deal with a $244,000 jail food deficit.

Sheriff Todd Entrekin and his wife took out a $150,000 personal loan to cover food costs when he was appointed to the post in 2007. A spokeswoman with the sheriff's office said Monday he is personally liable for the current debt of $244,000.

Some sheriffs in Alabama make money off the system, but not all. The Etowah grand jury reviews the jail food as part of a regular review of county accounts.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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