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Midland County Jail; A Shortage Of Jailers

Three inmates attack four jailers. It happened over the weekend at the Midland County Jail. Tonight questions remain about staffing shortages behind bars.
MIDLAND, TX (Local Big 2 News) -- Three inmates attack four jailers. It happened over the weekend at the Midland County Jail. Tonight, questions remain about staffing shortages behind bars.

The slam of a cold, hard, cell door.

"With additional bodies on the floor, it would definitely give us that oomph," said Midland County Jailer Andre Strambler.

Jailer Andre Strambler talks about adding more prison guards to the detention center. He told me Midland County Jail needs more jailers.

"It would definitely give an officer a sense of security," said Strambler.

The jailers and Midland County Sherriff Gary Painter agree the need couldn't be more pressing after three Midland County inmates assaulted four jailers Sunday night.

"These guys are in here 24/7, so they have nothing but time on their hands, so they plot, plot, plot all day," said Strambler.

And Strambler told me this incident opened his eyes.

It definitely makes me have a sense of awareness," said Strambler.

An awareness Sheriff Gary Painter needs from his jailers.

"Our criminal justice system in Midland County is extremely active. We handle between 800 and a thousand people every month, booking and releasing them," said Sheriff Painter.

It's not exactly easy recruiting correction officers.

"Mentally, it definitely takes a toll on you sometimes," said Strambler.

And until Midland County fills it's roster with jailers, Strambler and the others should plan on long days.

"We definitely work overtime, there is instances where we have to pull together and do mandatory overtime," said Strambler.
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