Alabama Corrections Commissioner Donal Campbell says the 1,424 male Alabama inmates currently housed in Mississippi should be back in Alabama within 90 days.
Campbell told a legislative committee today that some space has opened up in Alabama prisons, and he will lay out a detailed plan within a week for the inmates' return.
The state has been paying $27.50 per day per inmate to keep them in the private prison in Tutwiler, Mississippi. They were moved to Mississippi last summer to ease overcrowding in Alabama's prisons and county jails.
Alabama also has 274 female inmates in a private prison in Basile, Louisiana. Campbell says there is no immediate plan to return them to Alabama because the state's only female prison, Tutwiler in Wetumpka, is full.