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Missouri Sheriff Turns to Tents for Jail Overflow

Overcrowding at a Missouri jail has forced the sheriff to consider unconventional housing.
(FARMINGTON, Mo.) Overcrowding at a Missouri jail has forced the sheriff to consider unconventional housing.

Sheriff Daniel Bullock is moving prisoners outside into tents.

He says he got the idea from Arizona's so-called tent city jail in Maricopa County. Sheriff Joe Arpaio runs that facility.

Bullock says the tent jail is for weekend offenders only.

"We're not running a country club and we jokingly say around the county that is the Dan Bullocks Crossbar Bed and Breakfast," Bullock said.

The jail was originally built for 180 inmates. Last weekend, 291 people were booked into custody.
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