New program allows ASU students to work in prisons

Alabama State University

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Some Alabama State University students will get a chance to work full-time as corrections officers while at the same time completing the requirements for a degree in criminal justice.

ASU President William Harris and Alabama Department of Corrections Commissioner Richard Allen announced the joint venture Thursday.

Harris said the program will give ASU graduates an opportunity yo work and advance in their field.

Allen said the ASU students would begin the program by attending a 12-week basic training program for new corrections officers in Selma. The program will be for ASU seniors majoring in criminal justice.

ASU officials said some students with other majors who have taken required courses may also be eligible.

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