Prisoner officers are planning a rally outside the Fort Madison prison to protest that they see as staffing shortages that have led to a jump in inmate violence.
Danny Homan leads Council 61 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, which represents many of the
prison workers. He said on Thursday that prison workers believe the staffing problems will led to a riot or a slaying.
The rally is planned for Friday afternoon. The prison has more
than 970 inmates who are watched by more than 300 guards.
Iowa Corrections Director John Baldwin told the newspaper that
some prison workers have been assaulted but that prison employment comes with risks. He says he believes inmates and staffers are safe despite the tight budgeting.