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Security to Tighten at Oakdale Prison

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    April 27, 2014 | 11:29 am
    DES MOINES (AP) - Officials are beefing up security at the
    state prison in Oakdale near Iowa City.

    According to The Des Moines Register, security worries have
    prompted officials to spend 2 million dollars to install new
    high-tech fences and outdoor lighting to prevent escapes.

    The old fence was damaged during a winter storm last February.

    Deputy Corrections Director Larry Brimeyer told the Iowa Board
    of Corrections last week that construction of a new double-barrier
    fence should be completed by spring or early summer.

    Officially, the prison, which holds about 830 inmates, is the
    Iowa Medical and Classification Center. It's the starting point for
    all new inmates, and holds those with special health problems.