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Committee approves $20 million increase for Iowa prisons


Iowa Capital Dispatch: The House Appropriations Committee approved a $34.6 million increase in the proposed budget for state justice systems Wednesday, including what a lawmaker called “possibly a record increase” of $20.5 million for state prison salaries and staffing. The proposal would increase full-time equivalent positions by 13 across the entire system. The Anamosa Correctional Facility, where two staff members were killed in what the Department of Corrections said was an attack by inmates, would receive a $1.8 million increase.

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