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.

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A correctional officer walks a cell block in the Anamosa State Penitentiary. (Photo: David Purdy/The

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