Alabama prison staffing numbers fell over 12 months

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By KIM CHANDLER
Associated Press

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – The Alabama prison system, already understaffed and facing a federal court order to boost employment numbers, saw the number of correctional staff decline 4% during 12 months of the pandemic.

The Alabama Department of Corrections had 1,914 officers and supervisors at the end of June 2021 – a 50% vacancy rate. But the that fell to 1,837 at the end of June 2021, boosting the vacancy rate to 52%.

The numbers were listed in quarterly staffing reports the system is required to file with the federal court.

While staff shortages have long been a problem for corrections agencies, the pandemic brought new challenges for systems across the country.

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12/13/2021 4:47:11 PM (GMT -6:00)

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