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Alabama inmates transferred to Louisiana

MONTGOMERY (AP) — The state Department of Corrections on Tuesday announced the overnight transfer of 140 male inmates from Limestone County to a facility in Louisiana because of a lack of space.

The inmates, all from the Limestone Correctional Facility in Harvest, followed 60 other Limestone inmates transferred Friday to the West Carroll Detention Center in Epps, La.

“I’d prefer to house all of our inmates in the state of Alabama. However, we’ll continue to use contract beds as needed,” said Department of Corrections Commissioner Richard Allen in a statement Tuesday. “These most recent transfers allow us to continue receiving state inmates from county jails in a timely manner as prescribed.”

The West Carroll facility is owned and operated by Shreveport, La.-based Emerald Correctional Management. The Alabama Department of Corrections chose Emerald last May as the low bid vendor for 600 medium custody contract beds at $26.75 per inmate per day.

Another 893 male and female inmates are housed in Louisiana facilities owned and operated by LCS Corrections Services, Inc.

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