Cullman Co. Sheriff Wants Jail Food Law Changed

CULLMAN, Ala. (AP) -- The Cullman County sheriff wants to change a 1939 state law that allows sheriffs to keep a part of the money given to them for feeding prisoners.

Sheriff Mike Rainey told the Cullman Times he wants the county commission to take over the account.

Currently 55 of the state's 67 sheriffs use the system set up by law.

The others have given oversight of the accounts to county officials.

Former Morgan County Sheriff Greg Bartlett was ordered jailed in 2009 by a federal judge after he admitted to pocketing $210,000 from his jail kitchen while providing inadequate food to inmates. Rainey said he has donated to charity out of the leftover money in his food account.

State lawmakers have tried unsuccessfully to change the law.

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