In Alabama, each county has an elected sheriff. The sheriff is the law of the land for those who live or travel through their counties — but the law of the land differs wildly from county to county.

On April 16 at Back Forty Beer Company in Gadsen, Reckon by AL.com and ProPublica are hosting a panel discussion on the extraordinary law enforcement power wielded by Alabama sheriffs.

Reckon by AL.com is investigating this issue as part of a year-long partnership with the ProPublica Local Reporting Network. Join an expert panel to discuss (over beers!) the state of Alabama's sheriffs’ departments. Invited panelists include:

  • John Hammontree, managing producer, Reckon by AL.com (moderator)

  • Connor Sheets, reporter, Reckon by AL.com and the ProPublica Local Reporting Network

  • Jonathon Horton, sheriff, Etowah County

  • Phil Sims, sheriff, Marshall County

  • Aaron Littman, staff attorney, Southern Center for Human Rights

  • Jessica Vossburgh, executive director, Adelante Alabama

Doors open at 5:30 pm; program starts at 6. Cash bar available.

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