Correction officers say Ala. system is ‘time bomb’

Published 1:13 pm Monday, February 2, 2009

A group representing correctional officers working in Alabama’s prisons say the system is a time bomb and is ripe for a disaster.

Members of the Alabama Correctional Organization spoke out in a news conference Monday saying that the dangerous combination of too many inmates and too few officers has reached a critical point.

The group consists of corrections department employees and it offered several suggestions that can help the situation.

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Some of the proposals are removing sales tax exemptions on the trade in value for cars and removing sales tax credits to banks which would put a combined estimate of about $21 million into the general fund.

They also suggest raising the starting salary for officers to get in line with that of similar agencies and encourage more people to apply.