GADSDEN, Ala. — An Alabama sheriff legally used greater than $750,000 of funds meant to feed inmates to buy a seaside home.
Etowah County Sheriff Todd Entrekin informed The Birmingham Information he follows a state legislation handed earlier than World Conflict II that enables sheriffs to maintain “extra” inmate-feeding funds for themselves.
Entrekin reported on state ethics kinds that he made “greater than $250,000” every of the previous three years by means of the funds.
The sheriff’s annual wage is greater than $93,000.
He and his spouse bought a four-bedroom home with an in-ground pool and canal entry in September for $740,000.
Entrekin received a $592,000 mortgage.
The house is one in all a number of properties with a complete assessed worth of greater than $1.7 million that the couple personal collectively or individually.
Entrekin faces opposition from at the least one human rights watchdog.
“Our place is that this follow is illegitimate now, however it’s clear that many sheriffs imagine its authorized for them to do that,” Aaron Littman, an lawyer on the Southern Middle for Human Rights, informed AL.com earlier this month.
“Clearly it is a follow which is problematic as a result of it creates an incentive for sheriffs to spend as little as doable on feeding people.”
Rainbow Metropolis Police Chief Jonathon Horton is working to exchange Entrekin on this 12 months’s election.