WATERLOO CORRECTIONS FACILITY TO OPEN AT FULL CAPACITY NEXT YEAR
Des Moines, Iowa – The new Waterloo Residential Treatment Facility will be open and fully operational next year under a compromise plan agreed to by the House and Senate this week. State Representatives Bob Kressig, Deb Berry, and Anesa Kajtazovic have been working with state and local leaders to provide adequate resources to open the facility.
“I’m pleased the bi-partisan agreement will open the Waterloo facility and save taxpayers money,” said Kressig, who is also the Ranking Member of the House Public Safety Committee.
“The new facility will improve public safety and reduce the re-offense rate for low-risk offenders while keeping them productive members of our community,” said Rep. Berry.
“The opening of the Waterloo facility has been a long process that I’ve been fighting for over the past 3 years. This is great news for our community and I’m glad we reached compromise this year to do the right thing,” said Rep. Kajtazovic.
Senate File 447 is the Justice Systems budget and includes funding for public safety and the Iowa Department of Corrections. The agreement includes an additional $1.1 million for the Waterloo district to open and 20 new staff for the facility.
The compromise was approved by both the House and Senate on late Wednesday.