HOUSTON COUNTY, Ala. (WDHN) — It is an issue that many county jail houses around the Wiregrass have been trying to figure out: state inmates and getting them transferred out of local jails.
According to Sheriff Donald Valenza with the Houston County Sheriff’s Office, they have 80 state inmates currently being housed in the Houston County Jail. This number brings the total inmates to around 400, Valenza said.
Valenza tells WDHN News, Alabama Representatives Paul Lee and Alabama Representative Donnie Chesteen have been continuing to lead the effort to get as many state inmates transferred to help relieve the stress of officers.
“They are still saying if we can get them vaccinated they’ll take them,” Valenza said. “We have another round of vaccination coming the 17th, we can’t force them to take it but if they do take it, they can go on serving their time and get out of the crowded jail.”
Sheriff Valenza said despite the recent surge of COVID cases across the Wiregrass the county has been able to control the virus in its jail. He said he is prepared for if and when an outbreak occurs.