Alabama Jails Continue to Be Overcrowded

By: Deborah Tuff
By: Deborah Tuff

Space is limited for inmates and that seems to be the predicament county jails across the state are facing. Especially with a backlog of state inmates who haven't been transferred to Kilby State Prison when their 30-day stay is up.

The old Houston County Jail, was designed to hold 99 inmates, but the number of inmates at the county jail climbed to 343. After complaints to the state, the county was able to get enough funding to expand into their new facility. Currently, it can hold up to 383, and is over the limit by two. Twenty-five of those inmates belong to the state.

The Coffee County Jail has a capacity of 126 inmates; they're holding about 170 with 15 of those being state inmates.

In Geneva, they're supposed to house up to 42. They have 70; five of those are state inmates

Henry County just expanded its county jail, and they expect to have inmates moved in within the next month or so. Its numbers aren't so dramatic, and they are actually one under their holding rate at 42, but Sheriff Armstrong says their still averaging about 50 to 55 inmates with eight state inmates.

And Dale County is lower than the other Wiregrass Counties; they have only 64 inmates housed in a capacity of 116. But they have 13 inmates who are over the 30 day limit by four months.

And to make matters worse, the state prison system is overcrowded also.

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