Understanding Cullman County local amendment 1: sheriffs pocketing prison money

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When Alabamians get to the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 6, voters in some counties will see local amendments on the ballot.

Here’s a look at what residents of Cullman County need to know about a local amendment they’ll see on the ballot:

On the ballot: PROPOSED LOCAL AMENDMENT NUMBER ONE (1) Relating to Cullman County, proposing an amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, to provide that effective beginning the next term of office of the sheriff, all allowances or amounts received by the sheriff for feeding prisoners would be deposited in a special account and used for feeding prisoners in the county jail and any excess in the fund would be authorized to be used for law enforcement purposes by the sheriff and to provide that, at that time, the annual salary of the Sheriff of Cullman County would be equal to the annual salary of the Judge of Probate of Cullman County. (Proposed by Act 2018-409)

  • Vote: Yes/No

What it means: If passed, the amendment would put an end to local sheriffs being allowed to keep any money they have left over after providing food for the jail inmates in their custody.

Sample ballot

Click out the Cullman County sample ballot: Front side | Back side

Don’t live in Cullman County? Find your county’s sample ballot here.

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