TALLASSEE, AL (WSFA) - The bizarre ailment of an inmate in the Tallassee City Jail prompted police to release six prisoners from the facility, according to Police Chief Jimmy Rodgers.
Rodgers tells WSFA 12 News jailers found a severe rash on one of the prisoners.
Worried others may become sick, authorities issued a "furlough release" to the inmates. Each man was reportedly handed a court order requiring them to report back to jail in 24 hours.
Rodgers says there's little risk to the public stemming from the release.
"At the city jail, we incarcerate misdemeanor violators through the municipal court, so they're not really hazardous to the community once we release them," Rodgers explained.
"We're just doing this for precautionary measures for their safety and well being."
The building usually holds six to ten prisoners. Crews have already started cleaning the facility. They hope to have the place ready for the inmates' return tomorrow.
The inmate with the rash has been released into medical care. Police should find out the nature of the infection tomorrow.