Alabama sheriffs look to change pay for jail food

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama sheriffs are looking to change the way they feed jail inmates now that a federal judge has locked up a north Alabama sheriff for one night for serving small portions and pocketing the leftover grocery money.

The executive director of the Alabama Sheriffs Association, Bobby Timmons, said Wednesday that sheriffs are working on a plan to present to the Legislature next month.

Their plan would end the ability of sheriffs to pocket leftover food money, and it would raise their salaries to make up for the lost income.

Sheriffs began working on the plan after a federal judge put Morgan County Sheriff Greg Bartlett in jail for one night and ordered him to provide better food to inmates.

Bartlett testified last week he made $212,000 in profit from the food program over the last three years.

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