“It's a brotherhood and sisterhood,” said Cooke. “Especially here at the Allred Unit."
“It's challenging but they make my job so easy,” said Richerson.
"Well it's not (like) the movies,” said Cooke. “We feel (their interpretation) is the correctional staff has to be a little corrupt on one side or be very mean on the other side of it and that's the furthest from the truth."
"It does happen,” said Cooke. “It doesn't happen every day like you would think. We have 3,000 offenders here. We have over 600 staff members here every day so things are going to happen. Not on a grand scale but just little one on ones or disagreements and then we handle it from there."
"They do such a spectacular job,” said Richerson. “They're dedicated and they're committed to the unit. “I just get to come in a be a cheerleader."
Friday at the Allred Unit there will be a memorial to honor the fallen officers across the state. That event will begin at 10:00 a.m. and the public is invited to attend.
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