Speech to Text for Marshall County jail riot linked to staffing shortfalls
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news. marshall county's sheriffis still laying low -- after a riot broke out in the county jail yesterday. while sheriff scott walls sent out a press release blaming the lack of funding from the county commission as one of the reasons the riot happened, the commission chairman tells waay 31 he's wrong. waay 31's scottie kay spoke with the commission chairman and other folks in marshall county about the sheriff's refusal to respond.. and learned what they think about the riot and his actions. kerri torrey, lives in marshall county "i mean, 'are you hiding something? if not, respond.'" tough talk from kerri torrey after a riot at the jail in marshall county. torrey even questioned if sheriff scott walls is doing his job after losing his re-election bid last month. kerri torrey, lives in marshall county "you're not out of office yet. you're still employed as the sheriff, so do your job." in an email statement the sheriff blamed wednesday's riot on a lack of officers because of low wages. county commission chairman james hutcheson that's not true.he said a study shows jobs at the jail pay a competitive salary to surrounding areas.he also told waay 31 there are nine open positions at the jail... that means 19 jailers for about 250 inmates. misty caldwell knows that's a problem. misty caldwell, lives in marshall county "there's just not enough jailers down there to work. and the ones that are there are not trained enough to do their job correctly." inmates attacking jailers during a cell search is the latest in a string of problems in the sheriff's office.earlier this year, the d-a dropped charges against dozens of suspects over what was called a botched drug raid.the sheriff also fired a jailer this week for smuggling contraband into the jail. while walls may not talk on camera, people in the county are and their message to the sheriff is his silence won't cut it. kerri torrey, lives in marshall county "you may have gotten voted out, and maybe that's because the people of marshall county see something wrong and want something different." misty caldwell, lives in marshall county "i don't understand why he doesn't want to speak. it would make the citizens of marshall county feel better if he would speak." reporting in marshall county, sk, waay