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Marshall County jail funds on the ballot this Super Tuesday

The bill is called Local Amendment 1, not to be confused with the statewide Amendment 1. This one only applies to Marshall County.

Posted: Mar 3, 2020 5:47 AM
Updated: Mar 3, 2020 10:29 AM

Voters in Marshall County will decide whether or not Sheriff Phil Sims will be able to use extra jail inmate food money for other purposes within the sheriff's office. 

A representative from the Marshall County Sheriff's Office told WAAY 31 Sheriff Phil Sims is in favor of changing the practice in place now. Currently, if there is a surplus of the jail food funds, state law permits only 25% of it can go toward other law enforcement expenses. 

If this amendment is passed, any extra jail food funds in Marshall County would move to a discretionary fund to be used for jail or sheriff's office use only.  

The bill is called Local Amendment 1 on the ballot for Marshall County residents only. 

Last year, state legislation was passed to stop the practice of allowing sheriffs in Alabama to use money from the inmate food account for personal use.

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