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      Alabama prisons still understaffed despite new workers

      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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