ANAMOSA, Iowa (AP) — The Anamosa State Penitentiary has been placed under tighter security since two inmate brawls.
State prisons spokesman Fred Scaletta said the prison went into lockdown after Saturday’s fights. He said no serious injuries were reported.
Many of the 1,100 inmates at the eastern Iowa prison are serving long sentences for murder and other violent crimes.
Investigators are looking into the cause of the incidents, and Scaletta said it’s too early to say whether they were gang-related.
Danny Homan, president of Council 61 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, said the fights show what can happen when the prisons are overcrowded and understaffed.
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