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West Virginia has more vacant job openings in the regional jail and correctional facility systems than it did in 2017 when Gov. Jim Justice declared a state of emergency over staffing shortages in that system, lawmakers learned last week.

There are more than 800 vacancies in the jails and correctional facilities statewide, Brad Smith, chief of staff for the West Virginia Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation told members of the Joint Oversight Committee for the Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority Dec. 6.

Lacie Pierson covers politics. She can be reached at 304-348-1723 or lacie.pierson@hdmediallc.com. Follow @laciepierson on Twitter.

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