Ombudsman Says Prisoner’s Sentence Unfairly Increased

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DES MOINES, Iowa — A new report by the State Ombudsman says Iowa prison officials unfairly lengthened an offender’s sentence.

The watchdog agency concluded that the Department of Corrections violated policies and inmate Randy Linderman’s rights when they disciplined him for bumping a guard at the Fort Dodge Correctional Facility  in 2008.

The report found a prison judge ordered Linderman into the maximum 180 days of isolation for assault. The judge also took away 180 days of earned time, which is twice the maximum allowed by policy.

The warden acknowledged that no one investigated witness accounts that the correctional officer had provoked Linderman’s outburst.

The report says the corrections department denied making any recommended changes.

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