Iowa says it did all it could to protect public after inmate’s release

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Posted: Wednesday, January 16, 2013 12:00 am

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad’s spokesman defended the state’s release of a convict charged with killing his mother and kidnapping a woman 36 hours after leaving prison, saying state officials did everything in their power to protect the public.

The Iowa Department of Corrections properly identified 21-year-old Kirk Levin as “somebody who needed special attention in the community” before releasing him Jan. 1 from the Mount Pleasant prison, Branstad spokesman Tim Albrecht said. That’s why officials took the extra precaution of notifying Sac County Sheriff Ken McClure and Levin’s past victims before his release, Albrecht said.

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