ATMORE, AL (WSFA) - The Alabama Department of Corrections has announced plans to close a community work center near the William C. Holman Correctional Facility.
ADOC officials say this closure will enable the department to augment critical staffing shortages at the maximum security prison. The plan to close the Atmore Community Work Center, which houses 240 inmates and staff of 27 employees, will take effect at the end of the month.
"Our decision to close the Atmore Community Work Center and transfer the facility's security staff to the William C. Holman Correctional Facility is a prudent step toward improving the safety and security conditions at the prison," said Corrections Commissioner Jeff Dunn. "By closing the work center and transferring security staff to Holman, we will increase 'boots on the ground' and provide for a safer facility for our employees and inmates."
Atmore Community Work Center inmates, who currently provide services to governmental agencies, will be relocated to J.O. Davis Correctional Facility in Atmore.
ADOC officials said a number of Atmore's correctional officers already volunteer for overtime at Holman Correctional Facility to fill shortages, so impact for officers will be minimal.