Judge okays inmate move

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - A judge Tuesday approved a decision by Jefferson County Sheriff Mike Hale to move inmates from the county jail in Bessemer to the county jail in Birmingham.

Judge Scott Vowell issued the order Tuesday morning in response to a request from the Bessemer Bar Association.  The group was concerned about Sheriff Hale's decision to close the county jail in Bessemer and how that would affect trials.

Sheriff Hale last week began moving inmates out of the jail after the county commission voted to cut $10 million from his fiscal 2010 budget.  Sheriff Hale said he would close the jail in Bessemer by Thursday, when the new fiscal year begins.

To see the administrative order, click here.