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In the News: AL Sheriff jailed in own prison
A federal judge has confined Alabama Sheriff Greg Barlett to his own prison after finding him in contempt of court for under-feeding prisoners. In a widely criticized practice, many Alabama sheriffs are permitted to keep the profit they make from feeding inmates. Sheriff Barlett was accused of under-feeding prisoners in order to maximize his profits. In the last three years, Sheriff Bartlett has received approximately $212,000 from this practice. Many critics argue that the policy essentially rewards sheriffs for failing to adequately feed inmates.