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Union leader blames governor’s policies on increase of escaped crooks

This news story was published on July 20, 2015.
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Beje Clark

Beje Clark in Mason City: Only a few reported “escapes” each year, according to a report.

DES MOINES – We all know of the hemorrhage of wrongdoers from our local halfway house, Beje Clark, and now an Iowa labor leader says it’s happening all over the state and Governor Branstad is to blame.

AFSCME Iowa Council 61 President Danny Homan issued the following statement regarding recent news coverage showing that work release escapes had surged under the Branstad Administration:

“These work release escape numbers confirm what our members have long known based on the facts on the ground that they see every day. Our state’s correctional system, both in our prisons and community based corrections, is severely understaffed.

“Rather than address understaffing in our prisons, the governor and former Department of Corrections Director Baldwin implemented a broken inmate classification system that pushes inmates into the community based corrections system before they are ready. When you combine this with understaffing in the community based corrections system, the result is soaring work release escapes.

“Our correctional system staff work hard every day to protect the public and promote rehabilitation; however, there simply aren’t enough staff to properly do the job. The governor’s correctional policies are failing Iowans by not putting proper rehabilitation and public safety first and foremost.”

A Lee newspaper reporter claims that Iowa is on pace for 361 escapes this year. The same report says only a handful of actual “escapes” are reported each year at Mason City’s Beje Clark.

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3 Responses to Union leader blames governor’s policies on increase of escaped crooks

  1. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 21, 2015 at 5:38 am

    Outlaw All public sector unions – times have changed for the worse – most public servants (that’s a joke) think the private sector works for them . Somehow over the years something sure got screwed around. Trump will fix that unless Oswald is ressurected.

  2. Buzz Crumcutter Reply Report comment

    July 20, 2015 at 4:03 pm

    What Mr. Holman fails to realize is; these are WORK RELEASE prisoners. They are not accompanied by one of the correctional system staff members who “work hard every day to protect the public and promote rehabilitation.” These people for the most part simply do not return to their facility after they are done working.

  3. LVS Reply Report comment

    July 20, 2015 at 2:11 pm

    Of course he blames Branstad. It is his own people who are not doing the overpaid jobs like they are supposed to. Fire them all and put in non union people and you will get a days work for a days pay. And, you won’t have to listen to a bunch of professional whiners.