New FM Prison Opening Pushed Back to Spring

The man who oversees the state’s prison system says the cold weather has slowed progress on the construction of the new state prison in Fort Madison.


Iowa Department of Corrections director, John Baldwin, told lawmakers the proposed late March opening for the new state-of-the-art penitentiary will be pushed back to April or May.   Baldwin says the weather has been unusually cold for the area of the state he calls the “Riviera of Iowa.”   The early start to winter made them scrap plans to pour outdoor exercise areas in late fall, and the mild weather we’re used to in the area hasn’t materialized.

Baldwin says its not unusual for prisons to open their doors even before all the work is done.