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The Unique Power of the Alabama Sheriff

In partnership with Reckon by AL.com

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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