Iowa Prison Industries (IPI) is the work arm of the Iowa
Department of Corrections
and consists of manufacturing, farming
and private sector work programs. Each business is 100% self-funding
and, since 1996, has returned over $10 million in revenue to the
General Fund for education, taxes, family support and room and board.
The manufacturing arms of IPI are located at 6 of Iowa's state prisons:
- Anamosa: Welding, wood, chemicals, printing, braille, license tags, signs, filters
- Fort Madison: Dorm furniture, wood, textiles, tourism, refinishing
- Mitchellville: Chairs, upholstery, modular systems, picture frames, chemicals, plastics, textiles, embroidery, garment printing
- Mount Pleasant: Dorm furniture
- Newton: Canteen
- Rockwell City: Prison cells, welding, assembly
Additionally, IPI manages the Federal surplus operations and supervises approximately 100 offenders
in move and install activities around the state. IPI farms are located around the state
and employ offenders in various farm activities such as row crop
and livestock work programs.
Private Sector Work Programs are available to offenders that are scheduled for release in three
years or less. This special program operates under the Bureau
of Justice, PIE Program and allows private companies to employ
offenders in various work programs. The offender earns a prevailing
wage that ranges between $7.00 and $11.00 per hour. The offender
may keep no more than 20% of their wages. The private employer provides
all training and in many cases have offered jobs to the offenders
In total, IPI employs over 700 offenders daily in one of our work
programs, accounting for over 1 million hours of inmate work training
in the course of a year.
Iowa Prison Industries has an Advisory Board consisting of private
citizens representing banking, education, agriculture, labor, voc-education
and one member of the parole board. Board meetings are held quarterly.
The public is welcome to attend any meeting to better understand
how they might play a role in inmate rehabilitation.