Huntsville-Madison County Metro jail almost at capacity

By Trang Do - bio | email

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - More progress is being made with the Huntsville-Madison County Metro Jail.

The new jail is just about packed to its limit.

It can hold about 1200 inmates, and right now there are about 900 inmates housed at the jail and the new inmate tower.

The new jail finally opened in May after seven years in construction and $80 million spent.

It was completed years overdue and about $50 million over budget.

Sheriff Blake Dorning said there are about 150 inmates still being held on the top two floors of the Madison County Courthouse.

It's likely there will always be some inmates held there for court appearances.

Sheriff Dorning is also still interviewing candidates for the jail administrator position, which was approved by the county commission.

The sheriff has said this person would not be a current Madison County employee. Instead, it would ideally be someone with both business and corrections experience.

The position would have a base salary of about $55,000.

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