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Prison population growing

DES MOINES (KWWL) -- Iowa's prison population is on the upswing following declining numbers dating back to 2007.

Officials on Tuesday said the Department of Corrections had over 8,600 inmates in the state's nine prisons at the end of the fiscal year on June 30. That compares to more than 8,400 inmates a year earlier.

Corrections Director John Baldwin says a major factor in the increase was a jump in new court commitments, which offset declines in parole revocations and other areas.

The prisons are designed to house a total of 7,400 inmates.

Online AnchorBob Waters

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