Iowa State Penitentiary is the oldest prison west of the Mississippi. The original cell block is still in use today and several cell houses are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Nearly 900 inmates are housed at the Iowa State Penitentiary.
Prison Industries is the work arm of the Iowa Department of Corrections where they manufacture products, do farming and private sector work programs. These programs are self funded which means they get no state assistance. Since 1996 the programs have returned over $10 million in revenue to the General fund for education, taxes, family support and room and board.
PO Box 316, Avenue E & 1st Street
Ft. Madison, IA 52627
In Iowa: 800-382-0019
Address: 31 Avenue G, PO Box 316, Ft. Madison, Iowa 52627
Iowa State Penitentiary
(Visits may not begin after 2:30 p.m.)
Monday 8:30 am-4:00 pm
Thursday 8:30 am-4:00 pm
Friday 8:30 am-4:00 pm
Saturday 8:30 am-4:00 pm
Sunday 8:30 am-4:00 pm