Guards at the Summit County Jail say every day their work is becoming more dangerous as their staff continues to shrink.
Deputy Robert Ivey is still recovering after he was attacked and injured by an inmate a month ago.
And each day he's off work, he's more concerned about his fellow deputies, fighting to uphold order and getting outnumbered.
Ivey was black and blue and suffered a back injury after an attack by an inmate in mental health pod Sept. 10.
"I opened the door, and as soon as I looked at the mechanism, he charged the door and came through and struck me," said Ivey.
Ivey yelled for help and tried to use his radio, but it was forced out of his reach. "At that point, I knew it was me and him," he said.
After a brutal few minutes, another inmate hit an emergency call button, bringing other deputies to help.
"We at times feel that it's not safe for each other, but we do the best we can with what we've got. That's all we know how to do right now," said Ivey.
He knows the effect budget cuts have had on the Summit County Sheriff's Office: He was laid off for three years at the height of the recession. The department has lost about one hundred deputies since 2008.
While it's obvious in nearly every division of the Sheriff's Office, shortages at the jail are being noticed within the department and on the outside.
"We're staffing deputies in positions where we used to have four and five with two and three. That's not good," said Chief of Corrections Greg Macko with Summit County.
A state jail inspection in May found 24 violations, nearly half related to staffing issues, such as slow bookings and no exercise time, with gyms currently used as storage without the staff to make them safe.
The Summit County Jail houses more than 600 inmates on any given day, most of them charged but not yet convicted of felony crimes, even violent offenses like murder.
Macko says they've seen an increase in aggressive incidents as inmates are irritated by longer lockups and lack of recreational time.
"We're paying a lot of overtime. We're trying to cover positions that we don't have the manpower to cover," said Macko.
Deputies have poor morale, can't take time off and are ordered to work overtime, sometimes 25 to 40 additional hours each week.
Macko says 300 overtime hours were logged just this weekend. The overtime might fill in the gaps, but it still doesn't bring the jail to a minimum staff.
"If we don't get any more staff, we're going to be forced to shut down some part of the jail. I don't think there's any other choice. That's my opinion," said Macko. "I hesitate to put it out there like we don't have enough staff because we don't want the inmates to know that, but we are running in an area that makes it concerning."
Ivey now shudders to think he's part of the problem. He's undergoing physical therapy and thinks it could be November before he's fit to go back on the job.
"I know that as long as I'm off, they are having to work without me and do more with less," he said.
A specialist recommended by the Department of Justice is writing up his recommendations for the jail as part of a federal lawsuit filed by some employees about a separate staffing issue for female quarters.
The Sheriff's Office says it's made every cut it can make without a significant effect on services.
Sheriff Steve Barry is asking the county to consider ways to increase revenue that could pay for more deputies.
The budget for 2014 has been set near 2013 levels: a total of $29.6 million, about $19 million dedicated to the jail.