Sheriff Hale to close Bessemer Jail

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Starting next week, Sheriff Mike Hale says he will be forced to close one of Jefferson County's jails.

Hale plans to shut down the Bessemer Jail and transport the inmates to the county jail in Birmingham.
The decision comes after the commission cut Hale's budget by millions of dollars in the 2010 budget.

Hale says closing the Bessemer Jail will save his department four million dollars.