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Crime lab can’t identify substance that sickened ISP staffer

April 23, 2019 Chuck Vandenberg 0

BY CHUCK VANDENBERGPCC EDITOR FORT MADISON – Authorities haven’t nailed down what substance was allegedly applied to a staffer’s bottle of eye drops at the Iowa State Penitentiary Friday, April 5. The staff member became [Read More…]

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State now shopping former ISP property

March 13, 2019 Chuck Vandenberg 0

BY CHUCK VANDENBERGPCC EDITOR FORT MADISON – State officials are now shopping the former Iowa State Penitentiary property to developers across the country. Last summer, meetings were conducted by Mead & Hunt, Inc., out of [Read More…]

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ISP inmate sets cell on fire, assaults staff

January 12, 2019 Chuck Vandenberg 0

PCC STAFFFORT MADISON – A correctional officer was assaulted by an inmate at the Iowa State Penitentiary at approximately 11:52 a.m. Friday.  Staff were alerted to a fire alarm triggered in a living unit at the prison. As they [Read More…]

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Veterans Behind Bars donates to area Christmas charity

November 15, 2018 Chuck Vandenberg 0

Submitted article FORT MADISON  –The Vets Behind Bars incarcerated individual organization at Iowa State Penitentiary has been around since 2005. The group strives to serve as support system for incarcerated veterans and to give back [Read More…]

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Officer assaulted at ISP Friday morning

October 19, 2018 Chuck Vandenberg 0

FORT MADISON  – A correctional officer was assaulted by an inmate at the Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison, IA at approximately 8:00 a.m. Friday morning. The correctional officer was conducting his routine duties in a living unit when he [Read More…]

Obituaries

Iowa State Penitentiary death – Robert James Carter, 73, ISP

October 2, 2018 Chuck Vandenberg 0

(FT. MADISON) – Robert James Carter was pronounced dead at 5:10 p.m. on Sunday, September 30, 2018 at the Ft. Madison Community Hospital where he had been taken due to suffering a medical emergency. Carter was 73 years old at [Read More…]

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ISP to hold fall historic prison tour

August 29, 2018 Chuck Vandenberg 0

BY PCC STAFF FORT MADISON – Iowa State Penitentiary announced Wednesday morning that another tour date for the Historic Iowa State Penitentiary facility has been set for the fall. Public tours will once again be [Read More…]

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ISP K9 units take top honors

August 9, 2018 Chuck Vandenberg 0

Submitted article FORT MADISON – Recently the K9 unit at Iowa State Penitentiary (ISP) participated in in the United State Police Canine Association (USPCA) Police Dog # 1 Certification Trials held in Des Moines. ISP [Read More…]

Breaking News

ISP officer taken to hospital after assault

March 28, 2018 Chuck Vandenberg 0

BY PCC STAFF FORT MADISON – According to a release from the Iowa Department of Corrections, a correctional officer at Iowa State Penitentiary was assaulted and suffered minor injuries this morning. The correctional officer, along [Read More…]

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Jail officials looking at new meal vendor

January 10, 2018 Chuck Vandenberg 2

BY CHUCK VANDENBERG PCC EDITOR MONTROSE – The Lee County Sheriff’s Office is looking at taking advantage of a lower cost service provider for meals to inmates being housed at the jail. During Tuesday’s county [Read More…]

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Offenders chip in with community dinner

November 21, 2017 Chuck Vandenberg 0

Submitted article FORT MADISON – As volunteers from all over Fort Madison start getting ready for the Community Thanksgiving Dinner so are the offenders at Iowa State Penitentiary. For over five years, the offenders have [Read More…]

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ISP officer back home after Wednesday attack

October 20, 2017 Chuck Vandenberg 0

BY PCC STAFF FORT MADISON – An Iowa State Penitentiary correctional officer injured in an attack early Wednesday morning has been released from the hospital and is recovering at home, according to a release from [Read More…]

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Union, ISP officials react to Wednesday morning attack

October 18, 2017 Chuck Vandenberg 0

BY CHUCK VANDENBERG PCC EDITOR FORT MADISON – The president of the union representing staff at the Iowa State Penitentiary is calling on ISP and Iowa Department of Corrections officials to address safety issues after [Read More…]

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Correctional officer hospitalized after morning attack

October 18, 2017 Chuck Vandenberg 0

BY PCC STAFF FORT MADISON – Iowa State Penitentiary was placed on lockdown/restricted movement Wednesday, October 18, 2017 after an incident involving a staff assault. The staff member was beginning an escort when the offender [Read More…]

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ISP CERT squad takes 3rd at state competition

September 28, 2017 Chuck Vandenberg 0

BY PCC STAFF FORT MADISON – Iowa State Penitentiary’s Correctional Emergency Response Team (CERT) took home third place recently at the CERT Challenge held in Fort Dodge. CERT officers Brendon Freeman, Aaron Landers and Shane [Read More…]

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Documentary to be part of Saturday ISP tour

September 16, 2017 Chuck Vandenberg 1

BY PCC STAFF FORT MADISON – Eisentraut Theatres and Humanities Iowa are pleased to announce the Premiere of the Documentary, “The Fort: 177 Years of Crime and Punishment at the Iowa State Prison,” on Saturday, [Read More…]

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ISP K9s earn honors at regional trial event

September 8, 2017 Chuck Vandenberg 0

BY PCC STAFF FORT MADISON – Fort Madison, IA. Iowa State Penitentiary’s K9 team took home awards recently at the United States Police Canine Association PD-1 trials. K9 teams from both Iowa and Minnesota participated [Read More…]

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Health

ISP, Kensington partner on dementia training

July 2, 2017 Chuck Vandenberg 0

PCC STAFF FORT MADISON – A local partnership is helping address dementia in offenders at the Iowa State Penitentiary. Dementia gets diagnosed every 68 seconds in America. An estimated 5.4 million Americans have one of [Read More…]

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Offenders building a life behind the wall

June 15, 2017 Chuck Vandenberg 0

BY CHUCK VANDENBERG PCC EDITOR FORT MADISON – A group of eight members of the Iowa State Penitentiary’s apprenticeship program earned their journeyman certificates in a graduation ceremony Wednesday morning. The program teaches offenders a [Read More…]

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Health dept. inks lease deal with DOC

June 14, 2017 Chuck Vandenberg 0

BY CHUCK VANDENBERG PCC EDITOR FORT MADISON – Details of a lease agreement between the Lee County Health Department and Iowa Dept. of Corrections were released this morning as the the department’s Board of Directors [Read More…]

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ISP officials release names of K2 offenders

April 24, 2017 Chuck Vandenberg 0

FORT MADISON – The Iowa State Penitentiary has identified the presence of contraband drugs within the institution, and is taking appropriate steps to address the situation. The facility released the names today of five offenders [Read More…]

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ISP puts changes in place to combat drug issue

April 17, 2017 Chuck Vandenberg 0

BY CHUCK VANDENBERG PCC EDITOR FORT MADISON  –Iowa Department of Corrections officials are changing procedures at the Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison due to an increase in drug and contraband activity at the prison. [Read More…]

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Ambassadors pay visit to new warden

March 27, 2017 Chuck Vandenberg 0

FORT MADISON – The Fort Madison Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassador Club made a trip out the Iowa State Penitentiary on Friday to welcome new warden Patti Wachtendorf. Wachtendorf officially took the position last month [Read More…]

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State DOC to close John Bennett amidst budget cuts

February 8, 2017 Chuck Vandenberg 0

UPDATED WITH COMMENTS FROM FORT MADISON MAYOR BRAD RANDOLPH BY CHUCK VANDENBERG PCC EDITOR FORT MADISON – As part of the state’s mandated budget cuts signed into law in January, the Iowa Department of Corrections [Read More…]

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