UNION SPRINGS, Ala. (AP) - The freezing weather has forced Alabama corrections officials to transfer about 650 inmates out of a state prison because of heating problems.
Two boilers went out over the weekend at the Bullock Correctional Facility, which houses about 1,300 men near Union Springs. One unit has been replaced, but the other has yet to be fixed.
Prison system spokesman Brian Corbett said Tuesday that 550 inmates were initially transferred out of Bullock, but that number is now up to 650. Inmates were sent to a private prison in Perry County and the county jail in Montgomery.
About 650 men remain at Bullock prison, and Corbett said large space heaters are being used to heat open dormitories. Officials hope to send inmates back to the prison by the weekend.