Iowa State Penitentiary
Iowa State Penitentiary Newswire

Iowa State Penitentiary Newswire

Comprehensive Real-Time News Feed for Iowa State Penitentiary.

Results 1 - 20 of 51 in Iowa State Penitentiary

  1. Former Iowa Insurance Agent Convicted In 1979 Murder Plot Dies In PrisonRead the original story

    Tuesday Jan 19 | Insurance News Net

    ... Saturday of natural causes due to malignant melanoma, a type of skin cancer. He had been assigned to Iowa State Penitentiary's medical care unit. Kern had been serving a life sentence out of Cedar County for first-degree murder. His sentence began ...

    Comment?

  2. Man convicted in West Branch murder dies in prisonRead the original story w/Photo

    Monday Jan 18 | KCJJ-AM Iowa City

    An Iowa City man who had been serving a life sentence for murder has died in prison at age 69 after battling skin cancer. The state Department of Corrections says Robert Lee Kern died Saturday at the Iowa State Penitentiary.

    Comment?

  3. Swanson To Maximum Security PrisonRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 7, 2016 | KICD-AM Spencer

    A man guilty of shooting two convenience store clerks, is moved to a maximum security prison after trying to kill an inmate. On December 31st, 21-year old Michael Swanson was transferred to the Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison, to serve the remainder of his sentence.

    Comment?

  4. Year End: Inmates relocate to to facility after a year of delaysRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 30, 2015 | Hawk Eye

    Iowa State Penitentiary begins the move of 507 maximum security inmates in the early morning of Aug. 1 in Fort Madison. The old facility was built in 1839, and construction began on the new facility in 2010.

    Comment?

  5. ISU students look at Historic ISP optionsRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 19, 2015 | Hawk Eye

    Members of the Fort Madison community look Wednesday at 11 different proposals for redevelopment of the former Iowa State Penitentiary during a meeting at Fort Madison High School. Iowa State University landscape architecture students developed proposals that incorporated new purposes for the historic facility and combined it with the Fort Madison historic district, Riverview Park and the Sheaffer Pen area.

    Comment?

  6. Fort Madison PrisonRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 12, 2015 | KWQC-TV Davenport

    More than 500 inmates are settling into the new Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison after moving from the old facility just a few months ago. Now, the question is what will become of the historic prison just down the road.

    Comment?

  7. Prison review finds security lapses in July 4 escape of maximum-security Iowa inmateRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 21, 2015 | WDUN-AM Gainesville

    ... a car after his escape but was captured July 5 near Geneseo, Illinois, following a two-state search. Iowa State Penitentiary warden Nick Ludwick released the review into Kestner's escape, which The Associated Press requested under the open records ...

    Comment?

  8. Prison review finds security lapses in escape of Iowa inmateRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 20, 2015 | The Fairfield Ledger

    ... a car after his escape but was captured July 5 near Geneseo, Illinois, following a two-state search. Iowa State Penitentiary warden Nick Ludwick released the review into Kestner's escape, which The Associated Press requested under the open records ...

    Comment?

  9. Donald O'Brien, US judge known for inmate cases, dies at 91Read the original story

    Aug 20, 2015 | KWWL-TV Waterloo

    ... 1978. One of O'Brien's most significant rulings came in 1997, when he declared the conditions at the Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison to be shameful. In response, the state took steps to improve treatment for mentally ill inmates.

    Comment?

  10. Donald O'Brien, US Judge Known For Inmate Cases, Dies At 91Read the original story w/Photo

    Aug 20, 2015 | KDLT-TV Sioux Falls

    ... 1978. One of O'Brien's most significant rulings came in 1997, when he declared the conditions at the Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison to be shameful. In response, the state took steps to improve treatment for mentally ill inmates.

    Comment?

  11. Resident receives Distinguished Toastmaster AwardRead the original story w/Photo

    Aug 14, 2015 | The Fairfield Ledger

    ... She helps with "CONscious Communicators," a Toastmasters club for maximum security inmates at the Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison. The Toastmasters club in Fairfield is one of the most decorated clubs in the state, in part because of ...

    Comment?

  12. Visitation resumes at Iowa State PenitentiaryRead the original story

    Aug 7, 2015 | Hawk Eye

    The Iowa State Penitentiary returns to regular visiting hours today at the new institution as well as the John Bennett facility, said Rebecca Bowker, an executive officer assigned to the state penitentiary in Fort Madison. The new prison is located at 2111 330th Avenue in Fort Madison, she said.

    Comment?

  13. Public tours of old prison plannedRead the original story

    Aug 5, 2015 | Hawk Eye

    Community members soon will have the opportunity to tour the former Iowa State Penitentiary complex. Iowa State Penitentiary Warden Nick Ludwick said the former prison is being cleaned, and equipment is being moved out of the facility.

    Comment?

  14. ISP inmates get first tour of new homeRead the original story w/Photo

    Aug 5, 2015 | Hawk Eye

    ... for your patience! FORT MADISON - Since the weekend, the 507 inmates who were transferred to the new Iowa State Penitentiary have had little to pass the time except stare out their new housing unit windows and wait for food to arrive. On Tuesday, ...

    Comment?

  15. Historic ISP group is moving forwardRead the original story

    Aug 4, 2015 | Hawk Eye

    ... on our site then normal. Thank you for your patience! FORT MADISON - With inmates out of the old Iowa State Penitentiary, the Historic Iowa State Penitentiary committee has started to work on what to do with the former prison. On Saturday, the state ...

    Comment?

  16. Remembering old Fort Madison PenitentiaryRead the original story w/Photo

    Aug 2, 2015 | KHQA-TV Quincy

    ... memories of the old prison, they are also happy to see this move happen - a move that those at the Iowa State Penitentiary (ISP) have been preparing for months. "I do not believe that this has happened in the state of Iowa to move 507 offenders to ...

    Comment?

  17. Iowa State Penitentiary Moves to New LocationRead the original story w/Photo

    Aug 1, 2015 | WHO-TV

    ... By 12:45 p.m., all of the offenders had been moved. Five various Iowa prisons assisted the Iowa State Penitentiary, as well as a number of personnel from area authorities. At least 215 people were involved in the move, according to an Iowa State ...

    Comment?

  18. New address for Iowa State Penitentiary offendersRead the original story w/Photo

    Aug 1, 2015 | KHQA-TV Quincy

    The Offenders at Iowa State Penitentiary now have a new address. There was a highly successful statewide effort to move 507 offenders from the previous location at #3 John Bennett Lane 2 miles northwest to 2011 330th Avenue.

    Comment?

  19. ISP prisoners moved to new homeRead the original story w/Photo

    Aug 1, 2015 | Hawk Eye

    In the early morning, authorities began moving about 450 maximum-security inmates from the ancient walled Iowa State Penitentiary into a new, state-of-the-art prison surrounded by chain-link fencing and razor wire. Officials with the Iowa Department of Corrections began gathering in Fort Madison Friday in preparation for the move, which is more than a year overdue.

    Comment?

  20. Maximum security Iowa State inmates moved todayRead the original story w/Photo

    Aug 1, 2015 | KHQA-TV Quincy

    Maximum security offenders at the Iowa State Penitentiary will be moving today from the existing institution to the new facility.

    Comment?