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Alabama prisons still understaffed despite new workers

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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 time of three corrections classes planned for this year at the Alabama Criminal Justice Training Center. The agency loses more than 20 officers a month through attrition, so the new officers only make up for three months of normal turnover.  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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