NEW PENITENTIARY: $130m Jail Unveiled

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Convicted criminals sent to Fort Madison will soon have some very different living conditions.

The new Iowa State Penitentiary is nearly complete and will soon be ready for inmates to move in.

The $130-million prison took three years to build and will eventually house up to 800 inmates. They are expected to move in this March.

The new prison features new technology, including more than 300-cameras.

Officials say it’s spacious, secure and designed for the future.

“I hope the things that we’re learning moving into this, and the things that we’ve learned in the process of making it happen go a long way toward moving corrections forward,” says Deputy Warden Mark Roberts.

The new building is just a few miles away from the current Fort Madison prison, portions of which date back to 1839 before Iowa was even a state.