October, 17 2017
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Texas Guard Shortage Forces TYC to Move Boot Camp inmates
The Texas Youth Commission has moved dozens of juvenile inmates from the Sheffield Boot Camp in West Texas because of a shortage of guards.
Spokesman Jim Hurley says the understaffing reached a critical point in recent days. He says the transfers should bring the ratio of inmates to staff members down to 12-to-1.
Commission records show that 77 inmates were being held at the lockup on Tuesday, down from 95 last week and 128 in the spring.
Where is the Guard Shortage Coming From?
Officials say the military-style boot camp now has 32 correctional officers on duty, about a third of the 92 authorized positions.
Officials say the facility has lost guards to resignations and medical leaves. There are 49 guard jobs open.
Commission official say there are no plans to close the boot camp.
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