Anamosa, Iowa – A bomb-making substance was found Friday in an inmate’s cell at the Anamosa State Penitentiary, according to the Iowa Department of Corrections.
All inmates who were suspected of planning to use a bomb were interviewed by the Division of Criminal Investigation officials.
The Substance is now examined by the State Fire Marshal’s Office.
AFSCME Council 61 President Danny Homan released a statement:
“In the aftermath of the murders at Anamosa in March, I called on the Department of Corrections to lock down the prison, shake it down, and put much more rigorous safety protocols in place. They did not take our advice. Now, we find out that prisoners at Anamosa were able to secure bombmaking materials. Thank god these didn’t go off, but clearly the Department of Corrections is still not taking the security of our institutions seriously. This has got to end. The Department must do a top to bottom sweep of all institutions. With their new appropriation, they must hire the staff, replace the equipment necessary, and put the proper protocols in place to make our institutions safe. Every day they don’t puts the lives of both the staff and inmates at risk.”
According to officials, the investigation is underway at this moment and there is no danger to the public or the prison.