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Prison Researcher
05-01-2011, 09:57 PM
Fort Dodge Correctional Facility
1550 L Street
Fort Dodge, IA 50501-5767
(515) 574-4700
(515) 574-4707 FAX

James McKinney, Warden
Dru Saathoff, Associate Warden of Administration

The Fort Dodge Correctional Facility is a medium security institution located on 60 acres (243,000 mē) of land in Fort Dodge, Iowa. The institution has 1,250 beds, and as of July 30, 2010, it has 1,233 inmates (1,162 at capacity) and another 75 in segregation. About 372 people are employed by the institution.

The Fort Dodge facility is based on a campus model, with administration and treatment buildings, five living units, and support structures - such as warehouse and power plant buildings. The living areas are divided into units to provide easier supervision and control of inmates. A double fence with electronic detection provides perimeter security.

The facility offers a highly structured program called the Rivers Program (http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Rivers_Program&action=edit&redlink=1) that helps inmates to adjust to life and employment outside the correctional system. Treatment programs are offered for inmates with such needs. Inmates are assigned to a variety of jobs, which also include private sector jobs offered through a prison industries program located within the institution.

Fort Dodge is based mostly on its youthful offenders programs. The average inmate age of this prison is 22 years old. With the very young age of inmates at this facility there are often multiple fights a day, earning Fort Dodge Correctional Facility the nickname "Gladiator Camp"

The Fort Dodge Correctional Facility (FDCF) is a medium security prison originally designed to house 762 adult male offenders in a double occupancy celled environment. Construction began in October 1996 and the facility opened in April 1998. The facility is located on 60 acres of land in southern Fort Dodge. Recognizing the on-going need for public safety even before the first offenders arrived at the facility the legislature and Governor approved an expansion for an additional 400 beds and program space. Work on this addition was completed in late 1999. In FY01 127 two-man cells were converted to house three offenders. Current rated capacity is 1162.

The Unit Management concept is employed at FDCF. The facility’s seven housing units are organized to support positive behavior. In addition to the housing units the facility consists of administration and treatment buildings, a power plant, and a warehouse. Primary perimeter security is provided by a double fence system with electronic detection. FDCF offers a variety of programming and the New Frontiers Substance Abuse Program is licensed by the State of Iowa. FDCF’s Young Offender Program, RIVERS (Redirecting Individual Values, Energy, Relationships, and Skills), is a 5-month voluntary intensive program. In addition to programming offenders are provided work opportunities including private sector jobs inside the fence to assist in developing the skills needed to become a productive and successful citizen.


Visiting Schedule

Friday 9:00 am – 8:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am – 8:00 pm
Sunday 9:00 am – 8:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Holidays 9:00 am – 4:00 pm