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Inmates moved from damaged prison

Damage to Cell Block D at Limestone CF (Source: ADOC) Damage to Cell Block D at Limestone CF (Source: ADOC)

State officials say many of inmates from a tornado-damaged correctional facility in northern Alabama have been transferred to other facilities.

Alabama Department of Corrections Commissioner Kim Thomas on Friday announced the transfer of 200 inmates from the Limestone Correctional Facility in Harvest.

Authorities say a tornado skirted the facility around 9:30 a.m. on March 2.

The storm was among several that destroyed homes and buildings across the South.

State officials say the correctional facility sustained significant damage to the roofing on Cell Blocks C and D, a canteen, a training facility, the K-9 kennel, and other areas of the prison including perimeter fencing. Authorities say a timeframe for repairs is not yet known.

"The staff at Limestone did an outstanding job handling this difficult situation," said Commissioner Thomas. "The damage could have been much worse. Warden Billy Mitchem along with each and every employee at Limestone, our engineers and operations divisions all are to be commended for doing everything necessary to ensure public safety."

Limestone Correctional Facility is currently housing 2,199 inmates. Bullock Correctional Facility now houses 1,598, while 619 ADOC offenders are at the ATEF, a residential reentry center.

There were no major injuries to inmates or staff.

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