Jail Overcrowding

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County sheriffs are preparing new legal action against the state because of overcrowded jails.

Sonny Brasfield, executive director of the Association of County
Commissions, said the situation varies from county to county. He said there are as few as 16 state prisoners in the Montgomery County Jail awaiting transfer. But he said Baldwin County has close to 50 inmates who should be in a state prison.

Brasfield said statewide, there are about 840 state prisoners the counties want to get rid of and he said some sheriffs are threatening to bus them to state prisons like they did in 2002.

Brian Corbett, a spokesman for the Department of Corrections, said there is little the state can do because their jail facilities are also overcrowded.

Brasfield said the issue will be subject of another court hearing in Montgomery on January fourth.