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Female psychologist, male guard assaulted at Iowa State Penitentiary


This news story was published on March 30, 2019.
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FORT MADISON – Two staff members were assaulted by an inmate at the Iowa State Penitentiary on Friday, March 29, 2019 at approximately 4:30 p.m.

While a staff psychologist was meeting with an inmate in her office located in one of the housing units, the inmate began to physically assault her. A nearby correctional officer heard the assault taking place, and quickly responded to the assault. The inmate resisted the attempts by the officer to restrain him, and struck the officer several times in the struggle. The officer was able to deploy oleoresin capsicum (pepper spray) to gain control of the inmate until additional officers arrived to restrain the inmate.

The staff and the inmate that were involved in the assault were assessed by institution medical professionals and found to have not suffered any major injuries.

This incident remains under investigation.

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9 Responses to Female psychologist, male guard assaulted at Iowa State Penitentiary

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 31, 2019 at 7:43 pm

    It’s a dangerous job, and with the staff cuts every year, it gets more so every day. These things will happen more and more frequently, until there’s a full-blown riot, and then law-and-order Repulican hand-wringing about it. Then they’ll give a token increase and get back in their limos and drive home.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      April 1, 2019 at 4:45 pm

      They will also give thoughts and prayers.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 31, 2019 at 7:20 pm

    This is not about Black Or White its about the seriousness of the problem. All people are equal!! Color does not matter. Maybe they should never mention if the person is black or white, what difference does it make.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 30, 2019 at 9:08 pm

    Was the inmate white or black.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      March 31, 2019 at 8:43 am

      Trust me. If he was black, we’ll never know about it. That’s another thing that blacks don’t want people to know. Whenever a crime is mentioned, the race never is. It would be nice to know what race a perpetrator is.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 30, 2019 at 10:18 am

    Exactly. These people are supposed to be professionals.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 30, 2019 at 9:11 am

    It goes with the job. If they did their job right this would not happen.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      April 1, 2019 at 3:59 pm

      Wrong, is politicians stayed out of the correctional institutions operations then there would be enough staff employed that this would not be allowed to happen.