King County jails in ‘crisis mode’ with understaffing, mandatory overtime

The King County Corrections Guild says officers are quitting due to burn out, as managers routinely assign mandatory 16-hour days.

KING COUNTY, Wash. — The King County Corrections Guild says understaffing at the two county jails is contributing to burn out, public safety risks, officer health problems, and a burden for taxpayers.

“We’re in a full crisis mode,” said Guild President Dennis Folk.

Currently, the King County Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention (DAJD) has 60 unfilled positions for officers, with 10 more people leaving soon due to the jails’ inability to accommodate their vaccine exemptions for religious reasons. Folk expects even more vacancies before

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