According to the Des Moines Register:
A former inmate at the Oakdale Correctional Center in Coralville is suing the state and the Department of Corrections based on allegations he was injured when he fell into a gopher hole on the prison's grounds.
Alfonso McKnight, who was released on parole in 2006 and now lives in the Chicago area, alleges in court documents filed in Johnson County District Court that his injury was a result of the center's failure to properly maintain safe conditions in the recreational area. His lawyer, Robert Leyshon of Rock Island, said McKnight suffered a badly fractured ankle that required surgery. Leyshon would not elaborate on the extent of the mental anguish, disability, or other losses for which McKnight is asking compensation.
The only realistic solution for this serious, serious problem is to close the recreation area until such a time as a professional can be found that can solve the gopher problem once and for all. Hopefully the inmates will get recreation again sometime in the next month or so.