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Blueprints to the new $117-million Iowa State Penitentiary are missing after a break-in at the Fort Madison construction site last Wednesday.

The Department of Corrections says construction trailers at the work site were broken into last week.

Tools and computers were taken from those trailers. Drawings of the new prison were stored on the computers.

AFSCME Iowa Council 61 President Danny Homan asserted that this break-in and yesterday’s discovery of contraband that included two ropes and an unidentified liquid signaled problems with the staffing levels.

“As far as I am aware, the administration has not had a serious discussion with local Union leadership about the security situation at Iowa State Penitentiary,” Homan said in a release.

“There is a failure of leadership and an atmosphere of denial that continues to be pervasive in the Governor’s Office and Department of Corrections administration.”

Assistant director of the Department of Corrections, Fred Scaletta refuted those claims Tuesday evening, “Mr. Homan’s inference that contraband occurs as a result of alleged staffing deficiencies is inaccurate and unfounded.”

The DCI, Fort Madison police and an Iowa State Patrol are all investigating last week’s break-in.

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