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King County jails corrections officers worked more than 188,000 hours of overtime last year

On January 14, 2019, King County Jail guards escort a prisoner to the courtroom of Judge Bill Bowman.

Staffing King County's adult and juvenile jails is a 24-hour-a-day job. The officers who do it say they're being required to work so much overtime that safety's at risk. They want more hiring. County administrators say it's not that simple.

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