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Iowa closing Ft. Madison mental health facility for prisoners

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Iowa officials intend to close the 200-bed prison mental health facility in Fort Madison as a part of the move to the new prison.

Iowa Department of Corrections spokesman Fred Scaletta tells WGEM News the transfer of prisoners to mental health units in Clarinda and Coralville could begin early next year.

He says no employees would lose their jobs or have to transfer, as they would be moved to the new 800-bed maximum-security facility being built north of the old prison.

The new prison is expected to open early 2014.

State Corrections Director John Baldwin told The Des Moines Register that closing the mental health facility is part of an efficiency and security initiative to close the entire campus of the old Fort Madison prison.

The state spent $26 million on the Fort Madison facility 10 years ago.

(Information from the Associated Press was used in this article)

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