According to Common Cause, an independent citizen's and voting rights group in their recent "The Paid Jailor Report" sheriffs in any American jurisdiction are often overlooked or misunderstood. This is a mistake! Sheriffs have an inordinate amount of power and should be spotlighted for reform. A sheriff's job includes patrolling, court transport, court policing, general policing, eviction enforcement and working with ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement). Because their authority is so wide ranging with low oversite, corruption occurs routinely. For instance, sheriffs are likely to target impoverished women and children for eviction because of their lack of influence. Between the years 2000 and 2022 forfeitures have enriched law enforcement to the tune of 68.8 billion dollars. It is apparent that sheriffs have great financial incentives to pursue lucrative forfeitures because they reap huge financial rewards.
I agree with CC that to reform this unfair system we must:
1. End contributions from entities doing or seeking business with the Sheriff's Office.
2. Amplify voices of everyday Americans by changing how we pay for political campaigns.
3. Strengthen transparency and disclosure laws.
Paid jailors have responsibility to be as careful about following the law as anyone else. With better oversight, more fairness can be introduced into the sheriff's role.