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Jail overcrowding forces move of extra inmates

Jail overcrowding forces a Valley sheriff's department to find someplace else to house their inmates, leaving them no choice but to send the overflow of inmates to another county.

Jail overcrowding is a serious issue, one that will be solved when the new metro jail is eventually completed.

But that won't be any time soon since construction is running so far behind.

That forced the Madison County Sheriff's Department to make a quick decision.

Chief Deputy Chris Stephens says the jail went over its limit with the number of inmates.

The overflow had to be sent to Limestone County.

"The consent decree has been in place since 1978 these inmates get a specific amount of space," says Madison County Chief Deputy Chris Stephens.

This only applies only to certain inmates, those without felony charges and non violent tendencies.

Stephens says there's not room to house everyone booked in.

And often times, other jails have to help handle crowding.

"Process of physically going through inmates history to determine the best can whether eligible for release," says Stephens.


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