Prison Overcrowding: Iowa

Below is a summary of information including: statistics from Iowa’s Department of Corrections, an overview of the state’s prison overcrowding dilemma, as well as helpful references and points of contact for those interested in resolving the problem.

Facts and Figures 2008-2009

DOC Costs

  • Annual budget: $365,218,397
  • Average annual cost per inmate: $31,032


DOC Staff and Population

  • Total department active personnel: 4,282
    • Institutions: 3,081
    • Community: 1,158
    • Central Office: 43
  • Total number of correctional institutions: 9
  • Total incarcerated under DOC jurisdiction: 8,756
  • Offenders under community supervision: 30,000
  • Average age: 35 years

 Organization of state institutions, view here.

Parole

  • Population: 3,440
  • Average supervision cost per day: $3.75 ($1,369 per year)

 Overcrowding Quick Facts

  • Iowa’s prison population has grown from 2,890 offenders at mid-year 1988, to 8,756 offenders at mid-year 1998, to 8,618 offenders at mid-year 2008.
  • Iowa’s rate of offenders return to prison has grown to a rate of 35 %.

Points of Contact

510 East 12th St
Des Moines, IA 50319
(515) 725-5701
info@doc.state.ia.us

Organization of DOC Executive Staff, view here.

Helpful Links

See also:

Maine Prison Overcrowding