"Am I going to have to go to law to compel you to do your sworn duty?"

Every newly-appointed sheriff must take an oath of office as proscribed in the constitution: "I solemnly swear that I will support the Constitution of the United States, and the Constitution of the State of Mississippi, and that I will faithfully discharge the duties of the office of sheriff to the best of my ability. So help me God."

 

The duties of sheriff are contained in 19.25 of the Mississippi Code. The principle which Jason believes is being flouted is 19.25.67, which compels the office-holder to “pursue, apprehend, and commit to jail all persons charged with treason, felony, or other crimes”.