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Judge empties Guntersville City Jail

GUNTERSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

The Guntersville City Jail is empty as of Monday: no inmates.

It's all because of a judge's order.

WAFF is told it happened for a couple reasons. 

First of all, there is overcrowding. 

Police estimate there were approximately 30 inmates in a jail capable of housing 20.

Secondly, the jail has been damaged by a couple of inmates recently.

All of the inmates from the Guntersville City Jail were released by a judge's order on Friday.

The jail and downstairs of the police department were recently flooded by inmates who put towels and bed sheets in the sewer system.

Chief Jim Peterson said they passed a recent inspection but are now making repairs to items noted in the evaluation now that the inmates are out.

We're told the inmates were all in jail over minor violations such as not paying fines.

They were allowed to make bond with new court dates set.

Chief Peterson said people who commit new crimes will still have a place for them in the jail, and they will work around them.

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