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Madison Co. Sheriff warns jail needs more funding

Dorning said the telephone account, which is money from inmates in exchange for phone calls, is not increasing at the rate necessary for jail upkeep. (Source: WAFF) Dorning said the telephone account, which is money from inmates in exchange for phone calls, is not increasing at the rate necessary for jail upkeep. (Source: WAFF)
MADISON COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - Sheriff Blake Dorning told Madison County Commission the jail needs more money in order to repair the aging structure and day to day operations. Dorning said the telephone account, which is money from inmates in exchange for phone calls, is not increasing at the rate necessary for jail upkeep.

“As we see the jail aging, they (the Commission) needs to understand that you can't take the money that's not there,” Dorning said. “And you can't cripple an account when we can't use the money.”

Dorning said there currently wasn't an under funding issue, but he wants to make sure the Commission is aware, so there is not a funding issue in the future.

He said the solution is for the County Commission to understand that the telephone account is not a funding source.

“If you continue to take more and more and more, well it doesn't generate that amount,” Dorning said. “It's not going to generate half a million dollars a year, it's just not. And now they've proposed to take out over three-hundred-thousand dollars this next year and there's a chance the account won't even generate that much so that leaves us with zero money.”

He said he believed Wednesday was the first time the City Commission realized the issue and he has no idea what the Commission will decide to do.

“If they take the money and then things break down and we have to replace things, then I'll be right back in front of them asking for a budget adjustment from tax payer money,” stated Dorning.

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