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Plans to move inmates to new prison delayed

Plans to move inmates to new prison delayed

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Plans to transfer hundreds of maximum security prisoners from the Iowa State Penitentiary have been delayed after problems with the heating and cooling system at the new facility have been discovered.
The Iowa Department of Corrections said Tuesday that the geothermal system at the new facility in Fort Madison can't keep up with the extreme summer and winter temperatures in Iowa and will have to be fixed before inmates can move in.
Department spokesman Fred Scaletta said the plan to move the 550 inmates from the 175-year-old facility was set for this summer, but now depends on when the geothermal system can be fixed; the department is unsure how long that will take.

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