Security to Tighten at Oakdale Prison


By Scott Sanborn

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.

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