Legislators Don’t Anticipate Additional Costs While Fixing Iowa State Penitentiary

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FORT MADISON, Iowa -- Iowa legislators received good news regarding the vacant Iowa State Penitentiary.

The prison's opening has been delayed due to several infrastructure problems. The long list of issues initially included the geothermal heating system, but legislators say that has now been fixed.

Other issues such as evacuation systems, leaking roofs and freezing pipes turned out to be minor issues and are currently being fixed.

Legislators said don't expect any more costs to be added to the $166 million bill.

“While issues could still pop up, I’m increasingly confident that we will see the light at the end of the tunnel,” said Iowa State Rep. Bobby Kaufmann. “We have responses on how we will fix some of the issues, most importantly, no new costs with fixing the newest issues.”

The one building that still needs to be repaired is the psychiatric ward. They hope to get all non-psych inmates into the prison by late summer.


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