Section 45-19-232

Operation of jail store and telephone system; Law Enforcement Fund.

(a) The Sheriff of Coosa County, or the authorized agents of the sheriff, may operate a jail store and a telephone system for prisoners within the confines of the county jail. The jail store and a telephone system shall be operated to serve the needs of the jail population.

(b)(l) The sheriff shall establish and maintain a Law Enforcement Fund in a bank located in Coosa County. All proceeds collected under this section shall be deposited by the sheriff into the Law Enforcement Fund.

(2) The sheriff shall keep an account of all jail store sales and telephone usage and transactions of the Law Enforcement Fund for annual audit by the Department of Examiners of Public Accounts, which shall be audited at the same time other accounts of the sheriff are audited. The Department of Examiners of Public Accounts shall submit a copy of the audit to the sheriff within 30 days of its completion.

(c) All profits realized pursuant to this section shall be expended for any lawful purpose by the sheriff for the operation of the office of the sheriff including, but not limited to, office equipment, communication equipment, salary supplements, expense allowances, training, the operation of the Coosa County Jail, and other expenses for the enhancement of law enforcement in the county.

(d) The establishment of the Law Enforcement Fund and the use of the proceeds shall not diminish or take the place of any other source of income established for the sheriff or the operation of the office.

(e) Any actions relating to the operation of a jail store and a telephone system in the county jail prior to May 22, 1997, are ratified and confirmed. Any existing proceeds derived from the operation of a jail store and a telephone system in the county jail prior to May 22, 1997, shall be deposited into the Law Enforcement Fund created by this section.

(Act 97-537, p. 943, §§1-5.)