Alabama Governor to Hire 500 New CO’s

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey released an agenda Tuesday night focused heavily on priorities she has promoted for months with new initiatives and proposals mixed in.

Ivey’s speech at the state Capitol sets the stage for the four-year term that started in January and the legislative session that began Tuesday. It was Ivey’s second state of the state address since becoming governor in April 2017.

Proposed a $31 million increase in prison funding to hire 500 new correctional officers and increase pay for correctional officers. Prison officials say better pay is needed to hire and keep more officers on the job. Current pay is about $30,000 a year. The Alabama Department of Corrections is under a federal court order to add about 2,000 officers over the next few years. ADOC says prisons have about half the officers they need.

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