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Iowa prison population drops to 20-year low


Quad-City Times: Iowa’s prison population is below 8,000 for the first time in 20 years as officials try to stem coronavirus outbreaks at several facilities. Iowa’s nine prisons had 7,406 offenders as of Friday morning — still above the system’s capacity of 6,933, but well below the nearly 8,494 offenders the system held in early April. With nearly 1,100 fewer offenders, prison officials have been able to quarantine inmates with the virus and create “presumptive positive units” for others who have been exposed. The 10% reduction in Iowa prisoners this year was caused, in part, by the state expediting parole for older or sicker offenders, but also by delays in court proceedings and requests by the prison system for county jails to hold some offenders longer.

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