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Morgan County Jail gets bigger

By Bobby Shuttleworth
WAFF 48 News Reporter



Sheriff Greg Bartlett says at one time there were 350 inmates in Morgan County custody.

"The conditions were pretty poor and that's what caused this building to be built. It was overcrowded. The facility was made to house 96 prisoners."

He says a  federal judge said build a new jail and they did.

"One of the long range visions we had is to build it big enough so we won't have to worry about over crowding in the near future."

Bartlett says they got ideas from other jails and he feels like this is one of the best in the state.

He believes drug court and community corrections will hold down the number of inmates. That allows the county to house federal prisoners.

"The U.S. Marshals pay $40 dollars a day to house these federal prisoners for them."

Several county jails do this.  Bartlett says the money is split with the county commission.

It goes for training and equipment, and the county is paying for the jail. That can be $60,000 or $70,000 a month.

"We've got room to grow."

That room is also being rented by Falkville, Trinity, Somerville and Priceville.

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