DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The director of the Iowa Department of Corrections says he still doesn't know when a long-delayed new Iowa State Penitentiary will open.
Director John Baldwin says Friday that the Fort Madison prison — which has been held up by construction problems — is waiting for a certification that will help determine if fixes are needed to the smoke detection system.
Baldwin gave a budget presentation to Gov. Terry Branstad. For the next fiscal year, he is seeking the same nearly $379 million budget, but he offered proposals for how the department would spend additional funds. Extra dollars would go to services like medical treatments, mental health services programs for female inmates and care for an aging prison population.
There are about 8,200 inmates in nine Iowa prisons.