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Bhamwiki 35 points

Also, Stephanie McCrummen, a Ramsay HS graduate, led the investigation of sexual assault claims against Roy Moore that won the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting for the Washington Post.

Archibald is a Banks HS graduate, so huzzah for Birmingham City Schools.

aldotcom 3 points

Didn't realize she was a Ramsay graduate, that's great.

ToggleSwitchBlade 1 point

he won Pulitzer Prize for what?

aldotcom 1 point

He won for Commentary. The 10 pieces that were a part of his winning submission are listed/linked at the end of this post.

Jelani Cobb of The New Yorker and Steve Lopez of the Los Angeles Times were finalists for that award this year.

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aldotcom 21 points

Hey everyone, thank you for all the great questions. I need to get back to work for now, but will be on later tonight or tomorrow morning to answer all the questions I couldn't get to. What a great conversation, it's so inspiring to see that so many people read and cared about about our reporting at Reckon/AL.com. And as I've said to several of you today, keep supporting local journalism!!

hella_rekt -8 points

How much do you make a year?

aldotcom 7 points

$750,000 plus a beach house

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Gay-_-Jesus 4 points

I don’t believe you “beach house sheriff”, with a name like that, you MUST have a beach house.

aldotcom 6 points
aldotcom 12 points

From the story:

Etowah County Sheriff Todd Entrekin admitted that he has personally pocketed more than three-quarters of a million dollars over the past three years, and said that though he is aware of the bad optics of such a situation, he believes the law requires him to keep the money for himself.

"What can I do about it?" he asked.

MartinSchou 5 points

The thing is, that money isn't supposed to go towards improving the building - it's supposed to go towards feeding the prisoners. Somewhere along the way greedy and corrupt sheriffs got involved and made it so they could keep the food money for themselves.

And who's going to change those laws? It's in the south, so it's definitely not going to be politicians, who'll inevitably be painted as being soft on crime for wanting to treat prisoners humanely.

aldotcom 6 points

Any hope to a statewide change to this law died in the Legislature yesterday.

aldotcom 7 points

Some important context from the article:

For years, inmate rights advocates, legal experts and other observers have made the case that allowing Alabama sheriffs to personally keep "excess" funds allocated to feed inmates establishes a perverse incentive.

The question is whether a system that allows sheriffs to line their pockets with any inmate-feeding funds they do not use for that purpose leads to people incarcerated in county jails being fed lower-quality and less plentiful food.

The SPLC report explicitly considers that question as it pertains to the jail overseen by Entrekin.

"It is worth noting that under Alabama law, sheriffs can keep as personal income any money not used by jail kitchens," the report states. "While it is not clear why the food portions are so small at the Etowah County Detention Center, researchers for this report are concerned about the law's potential to create an incentive for sheriffs to skimp on meals and cut corners."

aldotcom 2 points

Some important context from the article:

For years, inmate rights advocates, legal experts and other observers have made the case that allowing Alabama sheriffs to personally keep "excess" funds allocated to feed inmates establishes a perverse incentive.

The question is whether a system that allows sheriffs to line their pockets with any inmate-feeding funds they do not use for that purpose leads to people incarcerated in county jails being fed lower-quality and less plentiful food.

The SPLC report explicitly considers that question as it pertains to the jail overseen by Entrekin.

"It is worth noting that under Alabama law, sheriffs can keep as personal income any money not used by jail kitchens," the report states. "While it is not clear why the food portions are so small at the Etowah County Detention Center, researchers for this report are concerned about the law's potential to create an incentive for sheriffs to skimp on meals and cut corners."

screwyoutoo 5 points

This man needs to be thrown in prison. There is nothing about this that shouod be legal. Whatever law allows him to keep that money should be struck down, and any other laws written by the same law maker shoukd be scrutinized now. This is a blatant incentive to intentionally starve inmates and it should not exist.

aldotcom 2 points

An effort to pass a law changing this died in the Legislature yesterday.

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