AFSCME Responds to Iowa Prisoner Escape

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad visits Tipton and Muscatine, Iowa a day after a massive manhunt ended in southwestern Iowa.

Police say Rodney Long escaped from a southwestern Iowa correctional facility.  Two days later, he allegedly shot county sheriff’s deputy Dan Wyckoff.

Early Tuesday morning, a man shot and killed Long, ending a nearly four-day manhunt. The American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) represents the workers at the correctional facility from which Long escaped.

“Governor Branstad and Director John Baldwin have enacted policies, procedures, and under staffing at state institutions that resulted in Long’s escape…and endanger the life of deputy Dan Wyckoff,” AFSCME Council 61 President Danny Homan said.

Homan believes the governor should try to increase staff at the corrections facility. The governor is holding town hall meetings all across the state. He’ll be in Tipton at 10 a.m. He’ll be at the Environmental Learning Center in Muscatine at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday.

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