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Alabama Correctional Officers to get pay raise

The Alabama prison system is raising its pay for correctional officers beginning Thursday in an effort to address an ongoing staff shortage.

The starting pay for a correctional officer trainee will increase from a minimum of $33,000 to a minimum of $50,000 with additional pay for those who work at high security facilities.

The starting pay at a medium security facility will be $53,244 and $55,855 at a maximum security facility.

The raises come as the state has seen the number of officers working in state prisons shrink despite a court order to increase staffing.

Melanie began her career as a work study student, working in the areas of news reporting, anchoring and news-gathering. After graduating from Alabama State University, she worked as a production assistant at the local NBC affiliate, WSFA-TV. As a News Director at WVAS-FM, Melanie leads her team to produce award- winning newscasts and talk shows. Her professional achievements includes News Reporter of the Year for a number of years and awards for talk show producer, by the Alabama Broadcasters Association and the Associated Press. She is an active member of the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce. Her goals are to expand the reach of WVAS FM into more homes locally, regionally and nationally.