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Iowa lawmakers urge Gov. Reynolds to take action to improve safety at Anamosa State Prison



CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – State lawmakers want Governor Kim Reynolds to take immediate action to improve safety at the Anamosa State Penitentiary.

A letter, addressed to Reynolds, from State Rep. Marti Anderson, Ranking Member of the House Justice Systems Appropriations Subcommittee, reads in part,

“After the tragic deaths of Lorena Schulte and Robert McFarland just a month ago, the assault on Saturday makes clear your administration must do more immediately to keep the front line workers in our prisons safe.”

In the letter, Rep. Anderson requests that Reynolds give an update either in-person or in writing about the additional safety measures her administration has, or will soon be, implementing following Saturday’s assault.

Rep. Anderson was part of a group of Democratic lawmakers who toured the prison last weekend and, afterwards, called on Republicans in control of the legislature to increase funding for staffing and resources at Iowa’s prisons.

Officials from the Minnesota Department of Corrections and the South Dakota Department of Corrections have finished their investigations of the Anamosa attack.

The state says that report will come out in the near future.

The governor has also called for an independent, outside investigation of the Anamosa killings.