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Woodbury County Sheriff asks board for more jail staff

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With its inmate population up, the Woodbury County Sheriff's Department wants to increase jail staff to keep up. With its inmate population up, the Woodbury County Sheriff's Department wants to increase jail staff to keep up.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -

The Woodbury County Jail is getting close to capacity, and now, the sheriff's department is asking for some additional help.

Capacity is set at 238 for the main building, and for a couple of weeks now, they say the numbers have been hovering between 210 and 220.

Because the inmate population has gone up, it's meant the minimum number of staff that must work the jail has also gone up.  The department presented a report showing how five positions have been eliminated since 1999.

And they say a solution is needed quickly.

"This problem's now. Our inmate population is up now and it's not something that we can wait six months to try to solve," said Maj. Todd Wieck of the Woodbury County Sheriff's Department.

The sheriff's department says if they're unable to get additional staffing, many of its employees will have to work more 12 hour shifts, to keep more staff on the floor.

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