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

  • Fort Madison (Lee county)
  • Maximum security

Visiting hours:

Iowa State Penitentiary
All reservations, both video and in-person, are scheduled by the 
Ameelio app

Video Visits are held:

Monday and Friday, each hour from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm for 50 minutes each

Incarcerated individuals in a segregation status do not have contact visits. There are limited video visits available on the weekend. Please check availability  through the Ameelio app. 

In-Person Visiting:

Saturday and Sunday, two-hour time slots beginning at 8:00 am, 11:00 am to 2:30pm 

The number of visits allowed per visiting week are subject to change. Currently incarcerated individuals are limited to one visit per week. The visiting week is  Friday through Monday.  For questions about the Ameelio app or assistance in trouble shooting, you should contact   For questions specifically about your loved one’s visit or call 319-376-4850 

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

Reminder: Per Department visitation policy, all visitors upon entrance to the institutions shall be subject to search. Security and contraband control are critical operational requirements, necessitating a search of all visitors by trained correctional staff. Searches may include, but are not limited to, a pat down, metal detectors, electronic ion scanners, other electronic devices, or visual searches.  If visitors refuse to comply with the Department visitation policy, entrance to the visiting room will be denied.  

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. 

FY2022 ISP Annual Report