AFSCME: Two Ft. Madison prison attacks were by white supremacist gang

Two attacks on corrections officers at the Ft. Madison state penitentiary were by members of a white supremacist gang at the prison.

That's the claim by the union that represents corrections officers. AFSCME Council 61 says the attack yesterday was by a prison who had two 10-inch "shanks" that were used to stab the corrections officer multiple times.  A similar attack on a corrections worker happened on Saturday.

The state penitentiary has put one unit on lockdown because of the incidents.

AFSCME Council 61 president Danny Homan says prison officials have heard from inside informants for months that such attacks had been planned, yet did nothing to beef up security.  

He says the violent incidents show the need for the state to hire more corrections officers for the prison.

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