Iowa DNA Sampling Bill Goes to Governor

A bill that would require Iowa offenders over the age of 18 who have been convicted of certain misdemeanors to provide a DNA sampling has gone to the desk of Gov. Terry Branstad for approval.

Iowa Facing Serious Overcrowding

Iowa was able to restore its prison system after letting the prison population get out of hand in the 1970s

Difficult For Ex-Offenders To Find Jobs, Study Finds

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Ex-offenders face tremendous barriers to employment, according to results of a recent survey by economic development policy students at the University of Iowa.

Geothermal Plans In The Works for Courthouse

NEWTON, Iowa — Jasper County Supervisors are weighing options for the replacement of the Jasper County Courthouse’s aging heating and cooling system.

Iowa Addresses Prison Overcrowding

A new construction program and coordination with the Board of Parole should reduce overcrowding at Iowa prisons, according to state Corrections Director John Baldwin.

Iowa Gov. Dismisses Parole Board Members

Gov. Terry Branstad terminated three members of the Iowa Board of Parole last week who were appointed by his predecessor, Gov. Chet Culver. Branstad plans to replace them with his own appointees.

Chicago Firm Low Bidder On Iowa Prison Projects

Chicago-based Walsh Construction provisionally won $52 million in Iowa state contracts for a major expansion and renovation project at the state women’s prison in Mitchellville.

$45 Million Women’s Prison Planned for Iowa

The Iowa Department of Administrative Services is accepting bids for a $45-million women’s prison in Mitchellville.

Budget Concerns Lead to Repair of Aging Facility

The Webster County Board of Supervisors has decided to repair its existing jail in Fort Dodge, Iowa instead of building a new facility.

Judge Throws Out Appeal in Iowa Prison Construction Case

In spite of legal action from a consortium of construction organizations, Iowa Gov. Chet Culver ordered state officials to sign a contract for construction to begin on a new $116.9 million maximum-security prison.