In October last year, an inmate at the state’s maximum security penitentiary in Anamosa carried out an attack on a guard, reportedly planned with three other prisoners.
The guard suffered numerous punches and kicks to the head. Cocaine and a shank were discovered in a subsequent search of the inmate’s belongings.
The same week, an inmate at the medium security prison in Clarinda punched a guard, causing bruising, cuts and a broken nose.
At the state’s mental health institute in Independence, a violent patient attacked a nurse, who suffered neurological damage, memory loss and permanent injuries before 12 others could restrain him.
A correctional officer walks a cell block in the Anamosa State Penitentiary. (Photo: David Purdy/The