Prison company graduates five local officers

By Roxanne Thompson, Staff Writer

The company that runs the Limestone County-owned prison announced recently that it has graduated new correctional officers.

Limestone County Detention Center Warden Richard Alford, with LaSalle Corrections, gave county commissioners this and other information on the prison at the court’s Jan. 23 meeting, detailing progress at the facility.

The court has closely monitored the facility as it works with LaSalle to bring it back online as a fully functioning prison, which in times past was a source of steady income for the county and also provided high-paying jobs for the local economy.

LaSalle has been looking for more employees to staff the LCDC, especially among local residents, who are more likely to stay if hired, rather than work here briefly before transferring elsewhere.

Also concerning the prison, Alford spoke about a slight increase in the population.

“Our count is up: 221,” he told the commissioners, “as opposed to the last time I was here. We’re going to maintain at least 192.”

Regarding the employment situation, Alford said the company continues to see potential applicants pursuing positions with the company.

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