MENTAL HEALTH: Iowa Prison Facility Closing

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A mental health facility built to handle Iowa prisoners is being shut down, just 10 years after it was built.

The state-of-the-art facility at the old Fort Madison prison is being closed. Officials will transfer prisoners to other facilities in the spring. Most will go to other mental health units in Clarinda and Coralville.

The state spent $26 million to build the 200-bed facility.

Iowa Department of Corrections officials say the closing is an efficiency and security initiative.

The new, 800 cell, maximum security prison in Fort Madison will open next year.