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TUSCUMBIA, Mo. (AP) _ A southwest Missouri county won’t be housing municipal inmates from Springfield anymore because too many of them were getting stranded in the tiny town where the jail is located.

The Miller County Jail is more than 100 miles from Springfield. It started taking in some of that city’s inmates in late May. Miller County leaders voted last month to end that deal.

Springfield Police Chief Paul Williams told the Springfield News-Leader (http://sgfnow.co/2cf4PSZ ) his department has neither the authority nor responsibility to give the inmates a ride once they’re out of jail.

Virgil Cole knows how hard it is to get home after being held at the jail in Tuscumbia, a town of about 200. It took the 52-year-old five days to walk back to Springfield last month after being released.