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New Iowa Prison Prepared To Open

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Hundreds of Iowa inmates will call a brand new maximum security prison home soon.

The $130-million project in Fort Madison is near completion and today we got a tour.

Officials felt a new prison was necessary since the current one is 170-years old. The new facility sits on 90 acres of land and has more than 350 new security cameras all over the facility. The site also house a mental and medical unit.

Officials say the layout makes it easier for staff to watch inmates and could be a positive change for them.

"Having a fresher environment, a brighter, colorful, with better amenities, I believe, will directly affect their behavior and hopefully encourage them to be more positive and pro-social," said executive director Rebecca Bowker.

The new facility will be able to hold 800 inmates, which is 200 more than the current one, but prisoners won't be able to move in until six months to a year from now.


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