Iowa State Penitentiary

Iowa Department of Corrections

It was mid-Tuesday morning and Warden Nick Ludwick was still singing the praises of everyone involved in Saturday's transfer of 507 maximum security prisoners from the old Iowa State Penitentiary in downtown Fort Madison to the new facility two miles away.  He said he's been involved in large-scale inmate transfers in the past and this was possibly the best he has seen.

Iowa Department of Corrections

After sitting vacant for months due to construction delays, the new Iowa State Penitentiary is now up and running. The Iowa Department of Corrections transported 507 maximum security inmates on Saturday from the original prison to the new facility two miles north of Fort Madison.

Iowa State Penitentiary

The Iowa Department of Corrections said that Justin Kestner, 25, was captured just south of Geneseo, Ill. at about 9:52 A.M. on Sunday, July 5.  Spokesman Fred Scaletta said Kestner escaped from the Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison earlier that day.

TSPR's Jason Parrott

A corrections officer at the Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison was assaulted, Wednesday morning, while escorting inmates back to their cells.

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Iowa's executive branch will pay another $7 million to the company that oversaw construction of the state's problem-riddled maximum-security prison in Lee County.

The State Appeals Board voted Monday to approve the settlement with Walsh Construction to avoid litigation over the new Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison .

The 800-bed prison remains empty more than a year after it was scheduled to open.

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A southeast Iowa lawmaker wants the issue of prison staffing to gain more attention in Des Moines.

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Members of the Iowa Legislature spent hours touring the current and future Iowa State Penitentiaries in Ft. Madison on Friday.  They did so as part of their inquiry into why the new $130-million dollar complex remains empty.

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Ten inmates in the Iowa State Penitentiary can now call themselves high school graduates following a ceremony Dec. 19.

The Iowa Department of Corrections relocated 172 inmates from one portion of the Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison to another unit.

Visitors will not be allowed to see inmates in the maximum security portion of the Iowa State Penitentiary until further notice.

The Iowa State Penitentiary was placed on “restricted movement” following the assault of an unidentified male prison employee at about 7:15 A.M. on Monday, May 19.

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Crews are trying to make up for lost time at the new Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison.

The Iowa Department of Corrections is confident that staffing levels will not be an issue at the new Iowa State Penitentiary.

You could say Wednesday’s “Grand Opening” of the new Iowa State Penitentiary was a once in a lifetime experience. That’s because the current maximum security prison was built nearly 175 years ago, when Iowa was still a territory.

A southeast Iowa landmark could soon have a new owner.

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