SELMA, Ala. (AP) - Alabama's prison system is getting dozens of new officers, but officials say it's still badly understaffed.
The Department of Corrections is holding a graduation ceremony in Selma on Thursday for 70 new correctional officers. It's the first of 3 corrections classes planned for this year at the Alabama Criminal Justice Training Center.
But department spokesman Brian Corbett says the agency loses more than 20 officers a month through attrition, so the new officers only make up for three months of normal turnover.
Corbett says the department is staffed at only 60% of its authorized personnel levels.
Records show state prisons held about 25,300 inmates in January, which was about 150% more than their designed capacity.
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