A spokesperson for the Alabama Department of Corrections confirmed on Wednesday that Jeffery Baldwin, a warden at Elmore Correctional Facility, was arrested in Cullman on Aug. 30 for suspicion of driving under the influence.
According to a statement provided by the ADOC spokesperson, Baldwin, acting warden at the Elmore County facility, has been placed on mandatory leave until a court appearance in December.
Baldwin submitted his retirement papers in lieu of the arrest last week, the spokesperson said, with his retirement beginning Oct. 1.
ADOC did not provide additional information concerning the circumstances surrounding his arrest.
Baldwin is the most senior warden at the Elmore County facility, with Rolanda Calloway, a correctional warden III at the same facility, serving alongside him.
According to court documents and sources with knowledge of Baldwin, he had previously served at Limestone County Correctional Facility, the Decatur Community Based Facility, and at Donaldson Correctional Facility. At one time, he was a member of a Correctional Emergency Response Team, or CERT team, within the correctional system. CERT teams specialize in handling altercations, mass searches, and quelling riots that may occur in correctional facilities.
Elmore Correctional Facility, which is a medium security institution that first opened in 1981, was designed to house 600 incarcerated individuals and now holds 1,159 incarcerated men as of June, according to statistical reports released by the ADOC. The facility, like the vast majority of correctional facilities in the state, is at extreme overcapacity, with the latest statistical data placing it at 93.2 percent over-capacity.
At least three incarcerated individuals have died at the Elmore County facility since June, according to correctional statistics and prior statements from the ADOC.