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Critics: Some Iowa courthouses lack basic security

by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Apr 16 2014 10:01AM

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa courthouses have a variety of security features, with about half banning guns and fewer providing secure areas for judges and staff to work outside courtrooms.

A gun incident in March at the Madison County Courthouse has sparked another push from the Iowa State Bar Association for upgraded security procedures at courthouses statewide. The group published a report on the issue in 2005.

A review show a majority of courthouses lack safety features recommended by the bar association. Those features include metal detectors or entryways that are monitored by deputies.

Guy Cook, a Des Moines attorney and president of the bar association, says a lack of basic security such as restricted entrances has the potential to create dangerous situations.

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Location : Des MoinesIowa
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04/16/2014 9:54AM
Critics: Some Iowa courthouses lack basic security
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