- Associated Press - Thursday, July 20, 2017

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Department of Corrections tells The Associated Press that about 80 inmates at a maximum security prison could face disciplinary action in connection to a large fight this month.

That’s a far greater number of people than the state corrections department has publicly said were directly involved in the July 1 melee at the Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison.

The estimate could add weight to claims from a union representing correctional officers that the state agency has downplayed the fight.

A corrections report about the fight obtained by AP also includes previously unreleased details about the disturbance, including that inmates ignored orders and challenged staff to fight.

The incident in the prison yard is among the largest in Iowa since a 1981 riot that left one inmate dead.

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