INMATE ATTACK: Staffing Levels Low At Prison

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A correctional officer at Anamosa State Penitentiary was attacked by an inmate Friday night. 

This is the third security-related incident at Anamosa in thirty days. 

Danny Homan, president of the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees Iowa Council 61 released a statement saying, “Staffing levels in our state prison system have reached emergency levels. Had the facility been fully staffed, there could have been more officers on that cell block, which could have prevented the attack. The level of danger faced by correctional officers and the public outside prison walls is rising. Governor Branstad and Director Baldwin need to take immediate action to hire more correctional officers. If they don’t, they will have to explain why to a prison staff member’s family when a tragedy occurs in the future,”

The officer did require medical attention after the attack.  The institution was not locked down and the inmate was not placed in disciplinary detention.

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