Seventy women inmates were transferred in the middle of the night Sunday from overcrowded Tutwiler Prison for Women in Wetumpka to a private Louisiana prison.
Alabama Gov. Bob Riley's legal advisor Troy King says the state entered into an emergency contract with Louisiana correctional facility to hold the inmates for up to 60 days.
Prison commissioner Donald Campbell says the women left Tutwiler in a bus around 10:30 p.m. Sunday night and they arrived at the correctional facility in Louisiana shortly after 6 a.m. Monday morning.
Campbell says the transfer was not announced in advance for security reasons.
Alabama will pay Louisiana $24 a day per inmate. It costs $27 per inmate a day in Alabama.