LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Metro Corrections is desperately searching for dozens of new officers.

Director Mark Bolton said it's one of many problems facing the Louisville jail.  He told Metro Council members during Thursday's Budget Hearing that the jail is overcapacity and understaffed.

Bolton said he has about 50 vacancies, 24 of which are due to officers leaving corrections for LMPD. Many of his COs are working 16-hour shifts to cover each shift.

"We are working staff to the bone. And I get it," Bolton said. "This is not just a local problem or even a regional problem. This is a challenge nationwide. There are some prisons in the state of Kentucky that are running some 40 percent-plus vacancy rates."

Bolton said at least half of the applicants don't pass the Polygraph. So he's looking to rehire some retired corrections officers as well as adjusting recruitment.

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