Iowa State Penitentiary

Chris Tripp, Warden
2111 330th Avenue
PO Box 316
Fort Madison, IA 52627

Visiting hours:
For visiting information, please visit the department's visiting page.


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



The Iowa State Penitentiary (ISP) is a maximum security institution located in Southeast Iowa.  The facility has the capacity to house up to 760 incarcerated individuals and consists of two general population units, a medical unit as well as one restricted housing unit. 

There are educational programs offered through Southeastern Community College (SCC) and the US Department of Labor to provide academic and vocational enrichment opportunities.  Through SCC, incarcerated individuals can pursue adult education such HiSET, English as a Second Language and basic literacy. The Department of Labor allows for Apprenticeships in Cabinetry, Housekeeping and Food Service. Treatment programming consists of Thinking for a ChangeACTIV as well as our LTRH program for individuals in restrictive housing. 

Incarcerated individuals have access to a wide variety of recreational activities and work opportunities. This includes Iowa Prison Industries which is located onsite.  IPI offers individuals the opportunity to learn a variety of skills in the woodworking and cabinetry fields. 


Printed from the Iowa Department of Corrections website on May 27, 2022 at 7:51pm.