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  1. Possibilities for prisonRead the original story

    Thursday Dec 4 | Hawk Eye

    Nobody knows for certain what the future holds for the Iowa State Penitentiary, but discussions are taking place to preserve ... 1. Comments from users that have private profiles are blocked by Facebook. 2. Comments containing words in Facebook's blacklist will be held for moderation.

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  2. Oscar-Nominated Film on Prison Hospice Receives CSWE 2014 Audience Choice AwardRead the original story

    Tuesday Nov 25 | PressReleasePoint

    Edgar Barens, visiting media specialist in the Jane Addams College of Social Work's Addams Center for Social Policy and Research at the University of Illinois at Chicago, is the recipient of the CSWE 2014 Audience Choice Award for his film Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall . The film, an Oscar nominee, portrays the care by fellow prisoners for World War II veteran Jack Hall, a terminally ill prisoner in the Iowa State Penitentiary.

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  3. Lawsuit Could be Filed Over New PrisonRead the original story w/Photo

    Monday Nov 24 | WHO-TV

    The Iowa Department of Corrections is still waiting to move prisoners into its new state-of-the-art prison and now a lawsuit could be coming. The new Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison was supposed to open this spring.

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  4. Delays continue for state penitentiaryRead the original story

    Saturday Nov 22 | Hawk Eye

    A long-delayed new Iowa State Penitentiary still does not have a scheduled opening date, the director of the Iowa Department of ...

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  5. More Read the original story

    Friday Nov 21 | KWQC-TV Davenport

    The director of the Iowa Department of Corrections says he still doesn't know when a long-delayed new Iowa State Penitentiary will open. Director John Baldwin says Friday that the Fort Madison prison - which has been held up by construction problems - is waiting for a certification that will help determine if fixes are needed to the smoke detection system.

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  6. Inmate dies of natural causesRead the original story

    Nov 7, 2014 | Hawk Eye

    An inmate assigned to the Iowa State Penitentiary has died. Jimmy Edward Gordon, 76, died Wednesday at the prison's medical ...

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  7. Report: Iowa prison population set to grow 39 percent by 2024Read the original story w/Photo

    Mar 31, 2011 | KCRG

    ... under court-ordered consent decrees before 1996, including one that limited the population at the Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison to 550 inmates as part of a 'conditions of confinement' challenge. The issue of a court-ordered 'depopulation' ...

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  8. Branstad aides waited to reveal 2nd prison problemRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 1, 2014 | KHQA-TV Quincy

    Gov. Terry Branstad's administration waited for weeks to announce a second construction problem at the long-delayed new Iowa State Penitentiary. Records suggest that Branstad aides saw the $165.5 million maximum-security prison in Fort Madison as a potential issue as he prepared for re-election.

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  9. UIC to screen Academy Award-nominated 'Prison Terminal'Read the original story w/Photo

    Oct 21, 2014 | PressReleasePoint

    ... care for him. "Prison Terminal" draws from footage shot over a six-month period behind the walls of Iowa State Penitentiary and provides an account of how the hospice experience can touch even the lives of the incarcerated. It was nominated for an ...

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  10. Across the Region: Oct. 20Read the original story w/Photo

    Oct 16, 2014 | Minnesota Lawyer

    ... and pay for her counseling. More than 170 minimum-security inmates at the John Bennett Unit at the Iowa State Penitentiary complex packed their belongings and boarded buses last week. Their destination: 400 yards down the road to their new home, the ...

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  11. Inmates moved to Clinical Care UnitRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 15, 2014 | Hawk Eye

    It wasn't the move Fort Madison has been anxiously anticipating, but residents of the historic prison town said they'll take ... Ryan J. Foley/Associated Press Minimum-security inmates walk to a waiting bus outside the John Bennett Unit at the Iowa State Penitentiary Tuesday in Fort Madison. The Iowa Department of Corrections has decided to close the 51-year-old John Bennett Unit to inmates and transfer more than 100 inmates to the remodeled Clinical Care Unit.

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  12. Iowa minimum-security inmates move to lockup unitRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 14, 2014 | KHQA-TV Quincy

    Inmates in a minimum-security prison at the Iowa State Penitentiary complex are moving down the road to a unit originally designed for the state's most dangerous offenders. More than 170 inmates from the John Bennett Unit in Fort Madison boarded buses Tuesday for a 400-yard move to the Clinical Care Unit, built in 2001 at a cost of $26 million to house maximum-security offenders with mental health and behavioral problems.

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  13. Inmates in minimum security prison move to...Read the original story w/Photo

    Oct 14, 2014 | WMT-AM Cedar Rapids

    _ INMATES IN A MINIMUM-SECURITY PRISON AT THE IOWA STATE PENITENTIARY COMPLEX ARE MOVING DOWN THE ROAD TO A UNIT ORIGINALLY DESIGNED FOR THE STATE'S MOST DANGEROUS OFFENDERS. MORE THAN 170 INMATES FROM THE JOHN BENNETT UNIT IN FORT MADISON BOARDED ...

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  14. Prison guard says graphic films incited...Read the original story w/Photo

    Oct 9, 2014 | SFGate

    ... in a men's prison and she should "expect that someone would want to rape you." "In some ways the Iowa State Penitentiary is still acting like it's 1979," Fiedler told the jury. "These are things you just don't hear anymore." No taxpayer dollars were ...

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  15. Smoke control system fails at Iowa prisonRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 8, 2014 | WMT-AM Cedar Rapids

    DEPARTMENT OFFICIALS SAID WEDNESDAY THAT THE SMOKE CONTROL SYSTEM INSIDE INMATES' HOUSING UNITS AT THE NEW IOWA STATE PENITENTIARY IN FORT MADISON FAILED DURING A JULY TEST. OFFICIALS SAY THEY'VE FOUND A TEMPORARY FIX, AND THE SYSTEM PASSED A RECENT TEST.

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  16. Female prison guard harassment case goes to juryRead the original story

    Oct 9, 2014 | Washington Times

    ... sexually graphic movies, which she says encouraged them to harass her. She says supervisors at the Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison allowed harassment by inmates and co-workers. Assistant Iowa Attorney General Tyler Smith, representing the ...

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  17. Iowa's new prison also had flaws in smoke systemRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 8, 2014 | Home

    The Iowa Department of Corrections is disclosing more construction problems at the new $132 million maximum-security prison, which has been delayed for months. The department said Wednesday that a July 29 test at the new Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison found that the smoke control system was not up to code.

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  18. New Iowa prison up to code, inmate move-in date coming soonRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 8, 2014 | KHQA-TV Quincy

    The Iowa Department of Corrections reports that an internal test of the smoke control system took place at the new Iowa State Penitentiary on July 29, 2014. The results of the test required follow-up with the State Fire Marshal Division , the Department of Administrative Services , Venture Architects, the architectural and engineering firm Shive-Hattery, the general contractor Walsh Construction and the construction manager Taylor Ohde Kitchell to achieve code compliance for occupancy, according to the release.

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  19. Jurors to see Iowa prison's graphic films at trialRead the original story

    Sep 19, 2014 | KWWL-TV Waterloo

    An Iowa prison's practice of showing male inmates sexually graphic movies will be at issue in a trial starting next week, during which a female officer will argue it caused them to harass and threaten her. Kristine Sink argues that superiors at the Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison and the Department of Corrections dismissed her complaints about the sexual and violent content for years.

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  20. From Naperville and beyondRead the original story

    Sep 15, 2014 | Naperville Sun

    ... tells the story of the final six months of inmate Jack Hall while in the inmate-run hospice at Iowa State Penitentiary. Directed by Montgomery resident Edgar Barens, the film is nominated for best documentary. Fifty-year-old filmmaker Jake Klein ...

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