Inmate releases irk the sheriff

Sheriff Jackson says state is dumping its prison, mental health problems on the county

The mass release of 369 prison inmates Tuesday, who were being housed in Alabama state prisons, hit one snag but the releases continue which has police chiefs and sheriffs upset and saying the state is simply trying to solve its problems by piling more problems on counties and municipalities.

Under a 2001 law passed by the Alabama Legislature to allow early releases the gates were set to be open Tuesday for the 369 selected. People serving time for crimes from burglary, theft and drug possession were on the list to those jailed for robbery and murder.

Reports note only 80 were released Tuesday...