Covington County Jail

An Andalusia clergyman says inmates at the Covington County Jail are being denied access to religion.

Chaplain James Elmore has ministered on Tuesday nights' at the Covington County Jail for more than 20-years.

But last week, Reverend Elmore says he and several other preachers were told to restrict their services to just one-hour, and that a maximum of 25 inmates will be allowed at any one time inside the jail chapel.

Jail Administrator Lamar Fowler says no one will be denied access to service, but security measures must be taken because two failed jailbreak attempts were through the chapel.

A second clergyman tells News 4 that he understands the new security measures. At any one time, he said there could be sixty inmates and only three correctional officers.