Iowa State Penitentiary to Open in the Fall

FORT MADISON, Iowa – Authorities expect prisoners to move into the new Iowa State Penitentiary sometime this fall.

In April, it came to light that the new geothermal heating and cooling system at the Fort Madison facility wasn’t working correctly.

Corrections officials say crews are currently working to repair it. The problems pushed the transition back several months.

The $132-million prison was built about a mile north of the current penitentiary. It will have 800 beds, which is 250 more than the old facility.