County jail in Bessemer closing

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - The Jefferson County jail in Bessemer is now in the process of being closed.

Sheriff Mike Hale said Friday inmates have been moved from the Bessemer facility to the jail in Birmingham for the past few days. Hale said inmates at the county jail in Birmingham will be housed three per cell, putting the jail over-capacity.

Hale said he hopes to have all of the inmates moved by Wednesday.

Sheriff Hale announced his plan Wednesday to close the jail after the Jefferson County Commission voted to cut $10 million from his fiscal 2010 budget.  Hale said the cuts left him no other choice but to close the Bessemer jail and lay off the 46 deputies and 12 civilian employees who work in the building.