112 New Correctional Officers on the Job


Taken from al.com:

Published November 18, 2009

Alabama Department of Corrections to add 112 more officers on Thursday

By Tom Gordon — The Birmingham News

The Alabama Department of Corrections will add 112 more correctional officers to its ranks on Thursday, bringing to 338 the number of officers who have completed the prison system’s basic training classes for 2009.

Graduation ceremonies are scheduled Thursday morning in Montgomery for the latest group of graduates. In a news release, the corrections department said the total of 338 graduates this year will be a record number.

Thursday’s ceremony will be at 11 a.m. at the Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts.

With the addition of Thursday’s graduates, the state prison system will have about 2,700 officers, and more than 100 trainees are scheduled to start classes toward the end of this month. Through August of this year, the prison system’s facilities held nearly 25,600 inmates.

Corrections spokesman Brian Corbett said the department plans to graduate four classes of officers in 2010.

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