The Iowa Department of Corrections operates nine institutions
throughout Iowa. Of these, one is a maximum-security facility,
one is a coed facility, and one institution is for women. The
Department employs approximately 2,893 staff and supervises
approximately 8,383 adult inmates in its institutions.
You must specify the institution or institutions in which you are
interested when you complete the State of Iowa Application form so
your name can be referred to the institutions of your choice.
Anamosa State Penitentiary
Anamosa (Jones county)
1,110 Inmates ±
The Anamosa State Penitentiary (ASP) is a maximum/medium security institution that currently
houses over 1,150 offenders. Programs are offered which provide opportunities to acquire
academic and vocational skills. Through a contract with Kirkwood Community College, offenders
may pursue educational opportunities to include adult literacy, earning a GED, or taking classes
leading to an Associate of Arts degree. Iowa Prison Industries offers a variety of job skills
training in its License Plates, Custom Woodworking, Braille Transcription, Graphic
Arts, Metal Furniture, Sign, Cleaning Products, Warehouse and Farming operations. Offenders
with substance abuse problems may participate in a substance abuse program licensed by the
Department of Public Health, and the counseling staff conducts other specialized treatment
groups. The Luster Heights Work Camp is a satellite facility under the control of ASP. The
facility houses 85 offenders and is located in the Yellow River State Forest in northeast Iowa
(Allamakee County). The camp also offers a substance abuse program licensed by the Iowa
Department of Public Health. Offenders assigned to this facility work for the Iowa Department of
Natural Resources in the forest and for several communities in the area. In addition, they work
on community service projects in the camp.
Clarinda Correctional Facility
Clarinda (Page County)
973 Inmates ±
The Clarinda Correctional Facility was established in 1980 as an adult male medium-security
prison to serve primarily offenders who are chemically dependent, intellectually disabled, mentally
ill, or special needs. The facility is located on the grounds of the Mental Health Institute.
Numerous programs and services are offered at the Clarinda facility. The Special
Needs/Intensive Supervision Unit provides individual treatment for offenders who are intellectually
disabled, mentally ill, or special needs. . Substance abuse programming, licensed by the Iowa
Department of Public Health, is provided through the CHOICES program. CHOICES offers many
group activities that uses principles of Hazelden plan consisting of pre-treatment, primary
treatment and aftercare. Other programs and services offered are: educational instruction which
includes GED, high school diploma, life skills, and computer courses, , special education for
eligible individuals, recreation, re-entry, and a relapse program. A private-industry work program
through Iowa Prison Industries provides employment opportunities for eligible offenders. This
program makes cargo trailers and facilities are housed on facility grounds.
The CCF Lodge offers a minimum live-out work program for eligible offenders. Offenders work in
various on-campus and off-campus jobs. Some programming is also available to offenders
residing at CCF Lodge.
Ft. Dodge Correctional Facility
Ft. Dodge (Webster County)
1,183 Inmates ±
The Fort Dodge Correctional Facility (FDCF) is a medium security prison originally designed to house 762 adult male offenders in a double occupancy
celled environment. Construction began in October 1996 and the facility opened in April 1998. The facility is located on 60 acres of land in southern
Fort Dodge. Recognizing the on-going need for public safety even before the first offenders arrived at the facility the legislature and Governor
approved an expansion for an additional 400 beds and program space. Work on this addition was completed in late 1999. In FY01 127 two-man cells were
converted to house three offenders. Current rated capacity is 1162.
The Unit Management concept is employed at FDCF. The facility’s seven housing units are organized to support positive behavior. In addition to the housing
units the facility consists of administration and treatment buildings, a power plant, and a warehouse. Primary perimeter security is provided by a double fence
system with electronic detection. FDCF offers a variety of programming and the New Frontiers Substance Abuse Program is licensed by the State of Iowa. FDCF’s Young
Offender Program, RIVERS (Redirecting Individual Values, Energy, Relationships, and Skills), is a 5-month voluntary intensive program. In addition to programming offenders
are provided work opportunities including private sector jobs inside the fence to assist in developing the skills needed to become a productive and
Iowa Correctional Institution for Women
Mitchellville (Polk County)
888 Offenders ±
The Iowa Correctional Institution for Women is a minimum/medium security prison. ICIW houses
offenders in its dorm-like living units and celled housing. ICIW provides educational and vocational
services to offenders including Adult Basic Education, special education for eligible individuals, and
high school equivalency programs. Internal work assignments and vocational training courses provide
vocational training opportunities. ICIW’s partnership with IWD (Iowa Workforce Development) assists
the women with assessments and job skills. An Iowa Prison Industries also provides onsite vocational
training. The institution emphasizes responsibility and accountability in preparing women offenders
for successful Re-Entry to the community. Programs offered focus on interpersonal relationships,
domestic violence, career assessment and exploration, self-esteem, parenting, independent living,
decision-making skills, victim impact, thinking patterns, and health education. Curriculums are
Evidence Based and gender responsive. A substance abuse prevention, assessment and referral program
is licensed by the Iowa Department of Public Health. The facility also houses an in-patient substance
abuse treatment program.
Iowa Medical & Classification Center
Oakdale (Johnson County)
Medium security (Co-ed facility)
918 inmates ±
The Iowa Medical and Classification Center (IMCC), located in Coralville, currently houses an average
daily population of approximately 950 offenders. IMCC serves as the reception and classification center
for all those entering the adult institutional corrections system, which is estimated to be 400-500 new
commitments every month that are then processed on to other facilities. However, IMCC is a multi-faceted
facility that employs a diversified professional workforce providing comprehensive services to both
offenders and patients. A medium security general population unit is in operation at IMCC and the Center
also runs the only licensed forensic psychiatric hospital in the state, providing inpatient psychiatric
and evaluation services to non-adjudicated patients. An additional unit consisting of 178 medical and
psychiatric beds was added in 2007 to meet the increasing mental health and medical needs of the
correctional population. The professional health care staff at IMCC include Psychiatrists, Medical
Physicians, Psychologists, Nursing, Social Workers, Laboratory, Radiology, Respiratory, Dental, Optometry,
Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners as well as others. Educational opportunities available to IMCC
offenders/patients include instruction towards completion of their GED. Adult Basic Education, English as
a Second Language, Vocational, post secondary, and special education classes are provided for those meeting
Iowa State Penitentiary
Ft. Madison (Lee County)
934 Inmates ±
The Iowa State Penitentiary was established in 1839, the year after Iowa became a territory and seven years before it became a state. The Penitentiary
was patterned after the Auburn, New York Penitentiary - a prison within a prison, a cell for each convict. The Penitentiary underwent extensive renovation of its
cell houses when "unitization" was introduced in 1982. Unitization divided large cell houses into smaller, self-contained living units that are more easily
managed. The Penitentiary is the state’s only maximum-security institution, housing repeat and violent male offenders. The Penitentiary complex includes
ISP itself with a court-ordered capacity of 550. In addition, the complex includes the John Bennett Correctional Center, a medium security dormitory
adjacent to the Penitentiary currently housing 169 inmates; two minimum security farms located within a few miles of Fort Madison with a combined population of
170, and a ten-bed multiple care unit. A Special Needs Unit for inmates with severe mental health/clinical care needs opened in August, 2002, with 40 inmates
and will increase in stages to a population of 120 inmates.
Inmates at the Penitentiary are offered Adult Basic Education and General Education Development classes, special education for eligible individuals, as
well as vocational training in upholstering, commercial cooking, auto mechanics, machining, and printing, as well as providing labor for a large crop farm and a
cattle and swine operation. Work opportunities with hourly wages are available in Iowa Prison Industries shops at the Penitentiary. A six-month substance abuse
program is offered to inmates with drug or alcohol problems, and Alcoholics Anonymous groups operate at the Penitentiary and the John Bennett Center.
Mt. Pleasant Correctional Facility
Mt. Pleasant (Henry County)
Medium security (Co-ed facility)
982 inmates ±
The MPCF is a medium security institution, which currently houses approximately 875 male inmates. It is designed programmatically for the
treatment of male offenders with treatable character disorders and substance abuse problems. The programs focus specifically on sex offenders and
substance abusers with a substance abuse program licensed by the State Department of Public Health, and are designed for preparing the inmates for
transition back to the community. In addition, MPCF inmates are offered educational and vocational programs, as well as social skills classes, to
prepare them for their eventual return to the community setting. The facility is ACA accredited.
A separate unit for approximately 100 female inmates with special programming needs opened in 1999. Fifty-one staff work in the women’s unit.
North Central Correctional Facility
Rockwell City (Calhoun County)
494 Inmates ±
The North Central Correctional Facility houses medium and minimum custody inmates who have been classified low risk offenders, including misdemeanants and
felons, which comprise approximately 80% of the population. The institution emphasizes individual accountability and responsibility. In assisting the
inmates in this endeavor and in preparing for successful return to the community, the institution offers a wide variety of programs. The education programs are
grant-funded and contracted through the local area community college, and include GED, special education for eligible individuals, and the Learning Resource Center,
which is a self-study, instructor-assisted curriculum in over 120 academic, pre-vocational and social skills areas. Self-help organizations consist of
Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, and Jaycees.
Work opportunities for inmates are varied, and attempts are made to assign inmates to jobs that utilize their skills. Inmates are assigned in general janitorial
work, maintenance of the grounds, care of the extensive yard area and gardens which produce in excess of 30,000 pounds of vegetables annually, assist the instructors
in the educational programs so that other inmates can learn, act as cooks and kitchen helpers in the food service operation, and are employed in the maintenance
department, as well as in outside work assignments.
Newton Correctional Facility
Newton (Jasper County)
1,136 Inmates ±
The Newton Correctional Facility is located five miles south of Newton on a 1,476-acre tract of
land and includes a minimum-security facility as well as a medium security facility. The
Correctional Release Center currently houses inmates in a variety of low-secure living areas and
is charged with preparing inmates of Iowa’s correctional institutions for parole or discharge.
Correctional Release Center programs emphasize the need for individuals to take responsibility
for their own actions and fall into three primary categories: release preparation, challenging
criminal thinking, and substance abuse treatment. The substance abuse treatment program,
licensed by the Iowa Department of Public Health, includes a substance abuse relapse treatment
program for inmates who are preparing for release.
Adult Basic Education, GED classes and special education are provided for eligible individuals.
Inmate work may include on-grounds work assignments or, if approved, participation in
community service work programs at state agencies or private sector employment. Inmates
involved in community service work programs are transported to work sites each day and work
under the supervision of non-correctional state employees.