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Weeks after escape, inmates at Iowa prison still on lockdown

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IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) -- Inmates at Iowa's maximum-security prison are still facing tight security measures that were imposed after a dangerous felon managed to escape three weeks ago.
   
Inmates at the Iowa State Penitentiary remain on restricted movement status, which means they are confined to their cells for the vast majority of the time.
   
Prison officials imposed the lockdown July 5, after inmate Justin Kestner escaped from one of the state's highest-security cells. He was captured several hours later in Illinois.
   
Penitentiary spokeswoman Rebecca Bowker says the restricted movement will remain in place "per security concerns and operational needs" but didn't elaborate. A notice on the prison's website says visitors will not be allowed from July 31 through Aug. 3.
   
Iowa ombudsman Ruth Cooperrider says she wants an explanation for the ongoing security crackdown.
 

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