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Iowa Prison Industries' textiles operation consists of two shops, one located at the Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison and a second at the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women in Mitchellville.
The original textiles shop, housed at the John Bennett Correctional Center at ISP, began operating in 1992. While the Fort Madison Textiles Shop was closed in the Fall of 2011, stock of many items still remains at Fort Madison during the transition period.
The Mitchellville Textiles Shop opened in February of 2007, and focused mainly on denim jeans and jacket production to meet the needs of Iowa's institutions. In 2011, the entire Clothing & Textiles line began gradually transitioning to the Mitchellville plant. Since opening, the Mitchellville Textiles Shop has
nearly doubled in physical size, inmate employment and production
capabilities; and we expect it to continue to grow. IPI's embroidery and digital garment printing operation is also housed within the Mitchellville Textiles Shop.
The Textiles Shops utilize various types of textiles machinery, allowing inmate employees to learn valuable skills that will transfer to society upon their release.