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IMCC Inmates Test Positive For Meth, Are Found With Contraband

DES MOINES – AFSCME Iowa Council 61 President Danny Homan issued the following statement regarding inmates with contraband and positive drug tests at the Iowa Medical and Classification Center in Coralville:

“Four inmates have tested positive for methamphetamine at the Iowa Medical and Classification Center and several inmates have been found in possession of tobacco and oxycodone. It is believed the inmates acquired these substances through the Visiting Room, where visitors are now only screened via x-ray machine, when it is in working order. A dire shortage of Correctional Officers means that the strip searches of inmates before and after a visit are rushed and with less scrutiny than adequate staffing would provide.

“The cause and effect here is alarming. When the Department of Corrections is underfunded, we eliminate and don’t replace security staff. When our prisons are understaffed, we end up with lax security procedures. When we shortchange security, our facilities are not safe. When our facilities are not safe, fellow inmates, staff, and the public are all in jeopardy.

“I will continue to sound the alarm on our critically low staffing levels until someone in the failed Branstad-Reynolds Administration wakes up and adequately staffs our prisons. IMCC Warden Jim McKinney can’t balance his budget on the backs of our Correctional Officers. In doing so, he is putting us all in harm’s way.”

The American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees Iowa Council 61 represents 40,000 public employees including law enforcement and correctional officers, firefighters, mental health workers, professional school staff, emergency responders, and many other workers. AFSCME Iowa Council 61 also represents home health care and child care providers across the state and private sector workers at Prairie Meadows, Palmer College of Chiropractic, Des Moines University, and ABM (Marshalltown).

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