October 18, 2017 03:41 PM
FORT MADISON, Iowa (AP) - Iowa prison officials are facing renewed criticism from a union representing correctional officers following an attack by an inmate at the Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison that left a staffer hospitalized.
Prison officials said in a news release that the inmate used a weapon in the Wednesday attack to strike the staffer several times. A statement later released by the union said the staffer was stabbed five times by an inmate wielding two 10-inch shanks.
Danny Homan, president of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees Council 61, says the inmate is associated with a white supremacist prison gang, and that prison officials have ignored staff warnings that attacks by inmates were planned.
A Corrections Department spokesman didn't immediately return phone and email messages Wednesday seeking comment.
Prison officials say a staff member has been hospitalized after being assaulted by an inmate at the Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison.
The Iowa Corrections Department says the penitentiary restricted inmates' movement Wednesday after the assault. A news release says the inmate used a weapon to strike the staff member several times. Other staffers helped their injured colleague subdue the inmate.
The staffer was taken to Fort Madison Community Hospital and then to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. The staffer's name hasn't been released.
Online court records don't yet show the inmate has been formally charged.
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Updated: October 18, 2017 03:41 PM
Created: October 18, 2017 02:19 PM
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