Choctaw County Jail closed, inmates moved

BUTLER, Ala. (WTOK) - Inmates have been moved out of the Choctaw County, Ala., Jail due to the building's unsafe conditions, according to Sheriff Scott Lolley.

Lolley said all 23 prisoners were moved to the Clarke County, Ala., Jail in Grove Hill.

The jail was also closed in 2016 for replacement of pipes and plumbing repairs, as well as some painting and renovations. But Lolley said at the time the foundation of the building had been adversely affected by the leaks and the work being done was "a band-aid". He reiterated Friday that leaks occurring over a 10 to 14 year period had caused the building foundation to shift.

Lolley added that the state fire marshal's office received a complaint but was already scheduled for a routine inspection visit this week.

The sheriff said the inspector found a fire door bowed from water leaks over time and that it couldn't be opened. Lolley said he made the decision to close the jail for safety reasons.

Lolley said Friday that a meeting of the Choctaw County Commission is set for 9 a.m. Monday to talk about possible solutions.