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Built just 10 years ago, mental health facility at prison to close

posted Feb 25, 2013, 2:29 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Feb 25, 2013, 8:58 PM ]
 | Cedar Rapids Gazette | Associated Press | 23 January 2013 | 
State Corrections Director John Baldwin said prisoners at the penitentiary’s Clinical Care Unit will be transferred beginning this spring as part of an efficiency and security initiative. The prison will gradually shut down after a new prison opens about a mile away, the Des Moines Register reported Wednesday. …. Others believe the move is not suitable for prisoners’ treatment. Danny Homan, president of Council 61 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, called it a “terrible idea.” The union represents Fort Madison correctional officers.