Alabama Prison System Gaining New Officers
Alabama's prisons are getting new officers to watch over inmates in the state's overcrowded lockups.
More than 75 new officers will graduate from the state's corrections academy Thursday after a 12-week, 480-hour training program. This is the second class to finish the school in Selma this year, and another class is scheduled to graduate later in 2012.
Gov. Robert Bentley will speak at the ceremony, and Commissioner Kim Thomas will present diplomas to the new officers.
Reports show Alabama's prisons held more than 25,400 inmates at the end of April, or nearly twice as many as their designed capacity.
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