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Sheriff Burnett explains manpower problem at Van Zandt County jail

The Van Zandt County Jail is changing its policy on manpower. A jail inspection last week found the jail deficient in that category. Sheriff Pat Burnett says it's not an everyday problem, and explained how it usually arises.

"We have some outsource prisoners right now, a few over in Upshur County, going back and forth from there. If someone has to go to the hospital that causes someone to have to go with them and a police officer can't guard someone booked into their jail, only a jailer can," said Sheriff Pat Burnett.

The Sheriff says they've already changed some procedures, which includes taking less inmates to court at one time, eliminating the need to remove a jailer off the floor.

Cathryn Khalil / ckhalil@kltv.com

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