Consultants who have reviewed security issues in Iowa prisons say the system is overcrowded and understaffed.
State officials hired a consulting firm to conduct the review after two employees at the Anamosa State Penitentiary were murdered by two inmates trying to escape last March.
The consultants say some progress has been made. A new warden has been installed at the Anamosa prison and a security director has been hired to oversee all state prisons, but that progress is hampered by workforce issues according to the consultants.
Their report says state prison employees have to work long hours of overtime to make up for staffing shortages. The report recommends retention bonuses for most staff and raising full-time pay for nurses.
The consultants did not make recommendations on how to address overcrowding, but the consultants did note the state’s prison system is housing 16 percent more inmates that it’s designed to hold.
story courtesy of Radio Iowa