Iowa State Penitentiary

Visiting hours
No visit shall begin after 3:30 PM

Friday 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Saturday 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Sunday 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Monday 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Holidays if they fall on a non-visiting day will be from 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
More information, and full visiting policy available at this link. 

Randy Gibbs, Warden
2111 330th Avenue
PO Box 316
Fort Madison, IA 52627

  • Fort Madison (Lee county)
  • Maximum - Medium security
  • 319-372-5432
  • Approx. 435 staff
  • Approx. 843 offenders


  The Iowa State Penitentiary (ISP) complex consists of both a maximum and minimum security institution.  The main ISP facility currently houses 640 offenders and has two general population units as well as one restricted housing unit.  There are programs offered through Southeastern Community College (SCC) and the US Department of Labor to provide academic and vocational opportunities.  Through SCC, offenders can pursue adult education such HiSET, English as a Second Language and basic literacy. The Department of Labor allows for Apprenticeship programs in Cabinetry, Housekeeping and Food Service.  Iowa Prison Industries offers a variety of skills in the woodworking and cabinetry fields as well as a Warehouse and Farm Opportunities. Offenders may also participate in cognitive programming such as Thinking for a Change and recreational activities.


The John Bennet (JBU) is the minimum security satellite facility under the control of ISP.  The facility houses 176 offenders and is located two miles southeast of the main facility. The JBU offers a Substance Abuse treatment program that is licensed by the Iowa Department of Public Health.  Additional programs include; Relapse and Thinking for a Change. Offenders in this unit work in the Community in addition to community service projects.


Printed from the Iowa Department of Corrections website on October 28, 2020 at 11:51pm.