The Alabama Department of Corrections' newest officers graduated from the Criminal Justice Training Center at Wallace College in Selma Thursday.
Twelve the graduates were women. More than half will work at Tutwiler Prison for Women in Elmore County.
Commissioner Kim Thomas says women have been difficult to recruit in the past because they don't traditionally see themselves in the role of law enforcement, and specifically don't see the need for them in prison operations.
"We need female officers in male facilities, and male officers in female facilities. We need a diverse workforce," Thomas said.
He credits this significant increase to a new recruiting initiative.
This was the first of four classes to graduate from the Department of Corrections Officer Training Academy this year.
Monday, September 15 2014 5:39 PM EDT2014-09-15 21:39:25 GMT
Horrific details of a southern Indiana homicide were released Monday, including allegations that Joseph Oberhansley ate portions of Tammy Jo Blanton's brain, heart and lungs after stabbing her to death.More >>
Horrific details of a southern Indiana homicide were released Monday, including allegations that Joseph Oberhansley ate portions of Tammy Jo Blanton's brain, heart and lungs after stabbing her to death. More >>
While you were sleeping, the Internet never stopped… Here's what's trending today. Mobile user? Click here to watch: Girl doesn't recognize clean-shaven father A father shaving his beard brings hisMore >>
While you were sleeping, the Internet never stopped… Here's what's trending today.More >>
Monday, September 15 2014 5:42 PM EDT2014-09-15 21:42:53 GMT
The Madison County Sheriff's Department has made an arrest of a drug dealer who has allegedly been distributing 25i, the synthetic LSD. Madison County Sheriff Randy Tucker says that Kaleb K. ChhabraMore >>
Madison County Sheriff Randy Tucker says that 19-year-old Kaleb K. Chhabra was arrested for Possession with Intent to Distribute LSD (25I).More >>
Thursday, September 11 2014 2:31 AM EDT2014-09-11 06:31:36 GMT
Miss Mississippi, Jasmine Murray competed in swimsuit and evening wear preliminaries Tuesday night. The winners in the first night of preliminary competition were, Miss Ohio, Mackenzie Bart in Talent,More >>
Wednesday night it was Talent night where Miss Mississippi sang, Something's Gotta Hold On Me, which she also sang at the Miss Mississippi Pageant in July.More >>