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Legislators Approve $20 Million In Funding For Dept. Of Corrections

On Tuesday, state legislators approved an increase in funding of $20 million for the Iowa Dept. Of Corrections. It’s the largest budget increase for the department in a number of years.

The increase comes less than two months after the attack at the Anamosa State Prison that left two people dead. Budget related issues were cited in that incident, including that Corrections Officer Robert Mcfarland’s radio malfunctioned. Mcfarland died in the attack, the radio system was said to be outdated and the facility was understaffed.

The Union President for Corrections Officers, Danny Homan said the $20 million increase isn’t enough to fix the problems.

State level Democrtas proposed an increase of $35 million but compromised with Republicans on the $20 million increase. Legislators also, unanimously passed an amendment that would extend health care coverage, for families of prison staff who die on the job.

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