UNION SPRINGS, Ala. (AP) - The freezing weather has forced
Alabama corrections officials to transfer about 650 inmates out of
a state prison because of heating problems.
Two boilers went out over the weekend at the Bullock
Correctional Facility, which houses about 1,300 men near Union
Springs. One unit has been replaced, but the other has yet to be
Prison system spokesman Brian Corbett said Tuesday that 550
inmates were initially transferred out of Bullock, but that number
is now up to 650. Inmates were sent to a private prison in Perry
County and the county jail in Montgomery.
About 650 men remain at Bullock prison, and Corbett said large
space heaters are being used to heat open dormitories. Officials
hope to send inmates back to the prison by the weekend.
Information from: The Birmingham News,
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