FORT MADISON, Iowa – The Iowa State Penitentiary has moved to a new location.
On Saturday, there was a very successful statewide effort to move a total of 507 offenders from the previous locale at #3 John Bennett Drive to 2011 330th Avenue, which is two miles northwest.
The first round of offenders were unloaded at the new facility at 6:47 a.m. Saturday. Each bus load carried approximately 40 offenders. 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 Penitentiary press release.
“This is a historic day for the Department of Corrections and the State of Iowa. There was a collaborative effort between the Iowa Department of Corrections and area law enforcement personnel. Together over 500 offenders were moved from the oldest operating facility west of the Mississippi to the new state-of-art facility to ensure public safety,” said Jerry Bartruff, Department of Corrections.
This plan had been in the works for the last two years and there were a number of security measures taken. The main task throughout the moving of offenders was to ensure public safety.