MANHUNT: Union Boss Blames Prison Director

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The search for Rodney Long ended in gunfire early Tuesday morning.

The 38-year old escaped from the Clarinda Correctional Facility Friday night and two days later, he shot a Taylor County sheriff’s deputy.

A massive search followed and overnight a Taylor County home owner finally brought the crime spree to an end, shooting Long dead.

All that could have been avoided according to the head of Iowa’s largest public workers union.

AFSCME president Danny Homan blames a staffing shortage for Long’s escape. He adds the incident should also cost John Baldwin his job.

Baldwin is the director of the Clarinda Correctional Facility.

In a statement Homan told Channel 13, “Friday’s escape is a symptom of Director Baldwin and the Branstad administration`s lack of common sense staffing and inmate classification policies. Director Baldwin has reconfigured the inmate classification system to quickly and recklessly push more inmates towards less secure settings or towards parole.”

Court records show Rodney Long has a criminal history dating back to 1996. That year he was charged with second degree robbery.

In 2005 he was charged with possession of multiple controlled substances.

In March of 2009 Long was arrested for 3rd degree burglary.

He was again arrested on that same charge in June of last year.  During that arrest Long was also charged with theft and assault on a peace officer.