Alabama corrections officer honored in Anniston after death


ANNISTON, ALA. (WIAT)- A corrections officer who officials say died after being stabbed by an inmate at Holman prison was honored Wednesday in Anniston.

Last month officials said Kenneth Bettis was attacked by an inmate at Holman correction facility.

Governor Robert Bentley and Attorney General Luther Strange were among the officials in Anniston to pay tribute to Bettis.

Bettis name was revealed on the memorial wall at Centennial Memorial Park by Governor Bentley. Bettis served as a correction officer at Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore. He from Monroeville.

“He was not only a corrections officer where he had an honorable service there, he served in the Iraq war and he served in the Alabama National Guard. He was not only a veteran of military but served our state that he lost his life,” said Bentley.

Officials say he was attacked in September.

“He was in the dining facility and he was stabbed by an inmate who had a homemade knife that he made,” said Bentley.

Officials say he was stabbed September 1, 2016, and died on September 16, 2016.

Attorney General Luther Strange and Governor Bentley say that more needs to be done in the prison system to protect correction officers.

“To be the first priority to keep the officers safe is pay them more, give them equipment they need to allow them to recruit officers, there is a terrible shortage of our correction officials,” said Strange.

Bentley says the prisons are overcrowded and they need more guards.

“When we finish what we have in store and what we have in mind to correct our prison system in Alabama then it will be safer for our corrections officers,” said Bentley.

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