Update: Officials confirm Iowa State Penitentiary blueprints were stolen last week


A break in occurred at the construction site of the new Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison last week, officials said late Tuesday in response to a labor union’s news release, claiming under staffing is affecting safety in the prisons.

Fred Scaletta, Iowa Department of Corrections assistant director, said in a statement laptops and tools were stolen from construction trailers near the fenced prison site last Wednesday. “Facility drawings” were also included in the missing software. The Fort Madison Police Department, Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation and the Iowa State Police Investigation Unit are handling the investigation.

Danny Homan, AFSCME Iowa Council 61 president, said in a statement that if blueprints were stolen it was a “major security breach” that would threaten the safety of the staff and public.

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