Iowa State Penitentiary

Looking for somebody locked up at Iowa State Penitentiary?  Iowa State Penitentiary is a correctional facility in the Iowa Department of Corrections.  This page tells you information about anything one might want to know about Iowa State Penitentiary such as the following:  Find an inmate at Iowa State Penitentiary.  How to visit Iowa State Penitentiary inmates.  The address and phone number at Iowa State Penitentiary  Sending money and mail.  And more…

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General Prison Information

Official Name: Iowa State Penitentiary
Year Opened: 1982
Type: male
State: Iowa
County: Lee
DOC: Iowa Department of Corrections
Security Level: Maximum

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Contact Information

Here you have the mailing address and street address for Iowa State Penitentiary. Use the mailing address if you are mailing a letter or package to a prisoner at Iowa State Penitentiary, and use the street address if you want to know the physical location of Iowa State Penitentiary.

Mailing Address

Be sure to check the Inmate Mail and Package Procedures section further down on this page if you are going to mail a package or letter to an inmate to learn how to properly address it, and use the appropriate protocol for mailing a package or letter. If you do not follow the correct protocol, the letter or package could get sent back.

Iowa State Penitentiary
Ft. Madison 
Lee IA,

Street Address / Prison Location


Iowa State Penitentiary
Ft. Madison 
Lee IA,

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 319-372-5432

Map and Directions

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Use this address if you are going to visit an inmate. Make sure to read over the Inmate Visitation Schedule and Inmate Visitation Procedures sections on this page before you visit a prisoner.

Iowa State Penitentiary
Ft. Madison 
Lee IA,


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Phone Number

Iowa State Penitentiary inmates can’t take phone calls, so you won’t be able to call prisoners, however, there are cases when it might be useful to know the telephone number to Iowa State Penitentiary.

Prisoners are able to make phone calls using:

  • Calling Cards
  • Collect Calls
  • Dedicated Phone Line
  • Prison Calling Plan

Fax Number

State prison inmates don’t have access to fax machines, so you won’t be able to fax a letter to the inmate, but there might be times when it might be helpful to have the fax machine number to the facility.

Email Address

This email address is the general email for Iowa State Penitentiary. You cannot reach inmates using this email. If you want to send an email to an inmate, check out the Inmate Email section below.

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Inmate and Staff Statistics

Total Inmates: 934
Total Staff: 510

Inmate Email

In order to send email to an inmate you must follow an exact process to ensure that the message is received by the prisoner.

Inmate Internet Access

State prisoners are not permitted to access the web.

Inmate Mail and Package Procedures

There are important steps that you must follow when mailing postal mail to a prisoner. If you don’t then the mail might not be received.

Before you proceed, read the links below:

Mail Monitoring

Iowa State Penitentiary guards will open and inspect all incoming general mail. Incoming general mail is read as frequently as is necessary to maintain security and safety or monitor a problem having to do with inmates.

How to Address a Letter to an Inmate

Below is the format for how you must address a letter to a prisoner at Iowa State Penitentiary:

Iowa State Penitentiary
Ft. Madison 
Lee IA,

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Inmate Money

Each state correctional institution has a Commissary that was started to provide prisoners a bank type account for inmate monies and for buying things not provided by the Bureau of Prisons.

How to Send an Inmate Money

Family, friends, or other sources can deposit money to prisoner’s accounts using Western Union and the U.S. Postal Service.

Via U.S. Postal Service: An inmate’s family and friends can choose to send inmates funds by way of the postal service and will have to send those funds to the address below and follow the steps shows below:

The deposit must be a money order made out to the prisoner’s full committed name and complete eight-digit register number. It is best if you use a post office money order, since all non-postal money orders that are processed through the National Lockbox will be placed on a 15-day hold, in which the prisoner will not have access to the deposit. The Bureau of Prisons will return to the sender money orders that do not have valid inmate info provided the envelope it was sent it has a return address. Checks and cash cannot be accepted so do not send checks or cash.

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Inmate Locator

State prison inmates are from time to time changed to different correctional facilities in the state, so sometimes you might need to find the current location of an inmate using the inmate locator. Follow the link here to look up an state prison inmate.
Inmate Search

To find other Iowa state prisons: Iowa State Prisons

Iowa Department of Corrections Inmate Search

Inmate Visitation

Before you visit Iowa State Penitentiary, you must know this information:

  • Visitation Schedule
  • Visitation Rules
  • Visitation Application

Inmate Visitation Schedule

Inmate Visitor Procedures

Every Iowa state prison has its own policies for prison visits and they change regularly. The policies below might be different by the time you are reading this, so be sure to also go to Iowa State Penitentiary’s official website to get the latest visitation procedures.

Visitation Sign-In and Check-In

The front entrance officer will ensure every visitor signs the prisoner visitors log upon entering the institution and also when they leave.

Identification Required

Picture identification of all visitors will be required. Appropriate forms of identification are Driver’s License and Social Security Card; but, a state picture I.D. is acceptable.

For all of the points shown below, go to the main correctional facility website as this information changes frequently:

  • Visitation Rules
  • Visitation Dress Code
  • Things You Can and Cannot Take to Visitation
  • Special Rules For Children, Special Visits, Pastoral or Attorney Visits

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Prison Records

More information about Iowa State Penitentiary records will be posted ASAP.

Such as:

  • Inmate records
  • Health records.

If you have any information on these topics to share, please post a comment using the form below.

Death Row

Information about Iowa State Penitentiary death row will be posted ASAP.

If you have any information on these topics to share, please post a comment using the form below.


Details about Iowa parole procedures to be added later.

For example:

  • Parole hearings.
  • Review boards.
  • Who qualifies for parole.

If you have any information on these topics to share, please post a comment using the form below.


Information about release procedures coming soon.

Inmate Programs

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.

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Prison Life

Info about prison life at Iowa State Penitentiary coming.

  • Activities.
  • Daily schedule and routine.
  • Recreational facilities available.
  • What’s allowed, and what’s not allowed.
  • What the food is like.
  • What to expect.
  • Jobs and work release available.

If you have any information on these topics to share, please post a comment using the form below.


A section on news at Iowa State Penitentiary coming.


Iowa State Penitentiary photos coming.

For example, photos of:

  • Cells at Iowa State Penitentiary
  • The yard.
  • What inmates wear at Iowa State Penitentiary.

If you have any photos of Iowa State Penitentiary that you would like to share, please contact us using the ‘Contact’ link at the bottom of the page.

Prison Jobs & Hiring

Trying to find a correctional facility job? Do you have experience? Have you worked at a prison in the past?

If so, check out: Iowa State Penitentiary Jobs

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The official website: Iowa State Penitentiary Website

Victim Resources

Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.

Victim’s Rights

The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:

  • You have the right to protection from the accused.
  • You have the right to notification.
  • You have the right to attend proceedings.
  • You have the right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
  • You have the right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
  • You have the right to restitution.
  • You have the right to a speedy trial.
  • You have the right to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect.

The definition of victim includes:

  • Spouses and children of all victims.
  • Parents and guardians of minor victims.
  • Parents, guardians and siblings of mentally or physically incapacitated victims or victims of homicide.
  • Foster parents or other caregivers, under certain circumstances.

There are a number of services and programs designed to help victims and their families. You can find out about these services by contacting the courthouse, or local law enforcement agency.

Victim Notification

The Department of Justice Victim Notification System (VNS) is a system that provides victims with information pertaining to their case and/or any defendants in the case. You will receive a Victim Identification Number (VIN) and a Personal Identification Number (PIN) that will allow you to access VNS via the internet or by phone. Here, you will find information about future court hearings, historical court events, and detailed information about the defendant. This will include criminal charges filed, the outcome of charges, sentence imposed, custody location, projected release date and any other release information. The VNS website is updated daily. You will also receive any ongoing information by mail or email.

Have you, a family member or friend ever used the Victim Notification System? If so, was it effective? Did you get the information in a timely manner? Was the system difficult to use? We would like to hear from you, so please post any comments here.

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Family Resources

Section about resources for family members of inmates at Iowa State Penitentiary coming.


A Iowa State Penitentiary history section will be posted ASAP.

Such as:

  • Famous Iowa State Penitentiary inmates.
  • Escapes and prison breaks.
  • Executions.

If you have any information on these topics to share, please post a comment using the form below.


Information About Other Iowa State Prisons: Iowa State Prisons

Iowa State Penitentiary Links

The official website: Iowa State Penitentiary Website
Iowa State Penitentiary Jobs

Iowa Department of Corrections Links

Iowa Department of Corrections Main Website
Iowa Department of Corrections Prison Directory
Iowa Department of Corrections Prison Map
Iowa Department of Corrections Prison Jobs
Iowa Department of Corrections Prison Inmate Search
Iowa Department of Corrections Most Wanted

Iowa Department of Corrections Victim Services
Iowa Department of Corrections Visitation Policies
Sending Money to a Iowa State Prison Inmate
JPay Services for Iowa State Prison Inmates
Sending Mail to Iowa State Prison Inmates
Sending Packages to Iowa State Prison Inmates
Iowa State Prison Inmate Phone Calls

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Tell Your Story – Write a Review of Iowa State Penitentiary

Have you ever been an inmate in Iowa State Penitentiary? Do you have a friend or family member that spent time there? Have you ever been to visit a prisoner at Iowa State Penitentiary?

If you have, then we would like you to leave a comment below about it. Tell us about your experience so others can find out what to expect.

Things you can put in your review:

  • Facility conditions
  • Prison facility and layout
  • Staff and guards
  • Commissary and food
  • Visitation
  • Inmates
  • Inmate safety
  • Gangs
  • Programs and activities

If you are currently an inmate here, leave your address if you want people to be able to mail you.

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