Anamosa State Penitentiary – Iowa

Do you know someone locked up at Anamosa State Penitentiary? Anamosa State Penitentiary is a correctional institution in the Iowa state prison system, which is part of the Iowa Department of Corrections. This guide gives you about anything a person needs to know about Anamosa State Penitentiary,like: How to locate an inmate. Visitation information. The prison’s address and phone number. Mailing or sending money to an inmate at Anamosa State Penitentiary. And more…

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General Prison Information

Official Name: Anamosa State Penitentiary
State: Iowa
County: Jones county
DOC: Iowa Department of Corrections
Security Level: Medium, Maximum

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Contact Information

In this section you have the mailing address and street address for Anamosa State Penitentiary. Use the mailing address if you are mailing a package or letter to someone at Anamosa State Penitentiary, and be sure to use the street address if you need to know the location of the facility.

Mailing Address

Be sure to read the Inmate Mail and Package Procedures section on this page before you send a package or letter to a prisoner to learn how to correctly address the package or letter, and follow the correct procedure for mailing a package or letter. If you do not use the appropriate steps, the package or letter could get sent back.

Anamosa State Penitentiary
406 North High Street Box 10
Anamosa IA, 52205

Street Address / Prison location


Anamosa State Penitentiary
406 North High Street Box 10
Anamosa IA, 52205

Phone Number and Fax Number

Fax Number:

Map and Directions

Use this address if you are going to visit an inmate. Make sure to also read the Inmate Visitation Schedule and Inmate Visitation Procedures headings below if you are going to visit an inmate at Anamosa State Penitentiary.

Anamosa State Penitentiary
406 North High Street Box 10
Anamosa IA, 52205


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Phone Number

Prisoners don’t have telephones, so you can’t call an inmate, but, there are cases when it is necessary to know the phone number to the prison.

Anamosa State Penitentiary inmates are able to make phone calls using:

  • Calling Cards
  • Collect Calls
  • Dedicated Phone Line
  • Prison Calling Plan

Fax Number

State prison inmates don’t have faxes, so you won’t be able to fax an inmate, but there are cases when it might be useful to know the fax number to Anamosa State Penitentiary.

Email Address

This is the general email address for the prison. You won’t be able to reach inmates using this email. If you are going to email an inmate, read the Inmate Email section below.

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Inmate and Staff Statistics

Total Inmates: 1110
Total Staff: 355

Inmate Email

In order to send email to a prisoner at Anamosa State Penitentiary you must use an specific procedure to ensure that the message gets to the inmate.

Inmate Internet Access

Inmates can’t access the internet.

Inmate Mail and Package Procedures

There are certain rules that are necessary to follow when mailing postal mail to a inmate. If you don’t follow these rules then what you sent might be returned to you.

before you send a letter or package, be sure to read the sections below:

Mail Monitoring

Anamosa State Penitentiary guards open and read all received general correspondence. Received general packages and mail is read as frequently as is deemed necessary to maintain security and safety or monitor a problem confronting an inmate.

How to Address a Letter to an Inmate

Shown here is the format for how you have to address a letter to a state prisoner at Anamosa State Penitentiary:

Anamosa State Penitentiary
406 North High Street Box 10
Anamosa IA, 52205

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Inmate Money

Every state correctional institution has a Commissary which serves to provide inmates an account for inmate money and for purchasing things not provided by the correctional facility.

How to Send an Inmate Money

Family, friends, or other sources can add money into these accounts using Western Union and the U.S. Postal Service.

Via U.S. Postal Service: An inmate’s family and friends are able to send inmates money in postal mail and must send money to the address below and do so in accordance with the policies listed below:

The funds have to be a money order made out to the inmate’s full committed name and complete eight-digit register number. It is advisable to use a U.S. Postal Service money order, since all non-postal money orders that are processed through the National Lockbox will be subject to a 15-day hold, and during this period the prisoner will not have access to the money. The Bureau of Prisons will send back money orders that don’t have appropriate prisoner information provided the envelope it was sent it has an adequate return address. Personal checks and cash cannot be accepted for deposit so don’t send cash or checks.

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Inmate Locator

State prison inmates are often transported to different correctional facilities throughout Iowa, so sometimes you may have to locate the current location of an inmate using the inmate locator. Follow the link here to find an state prisoner.
Inmate Search

To find other Iowa state prisons: Iowa State Prisons

Inmate Visitation

Before you go to visit an inmate at Anamosa State Penitentiary, make sure you know the following information:

  • Visitation Schedule
  • Visitation Rules
  • Visitation Application

Inmate Visitation Schedule

Inmate Visitor Procedures

Every Iowa state prison has its own policies for prisoner visitation and they change frequently. The information listed below might be changed now, so you should also check Anamosa State Penitentiary’s website to find the latest visitation procedures.

Visitation Sign-In and Check-In

The visitation guard will ensure all visitors sign the prison visitors log upon entering the visitation area and upon leaving.

Identification Required

Positive picture id of visitors will be required. Appropriate forms of ID are Driver’s License and Social Security Card; but, a state photo id is acceptable.

For all of the points shown below, check the actual prison facility website because this info is updated often:

  • Visitation Rules
  • Visitation Dress Code
  • Things You Can and Cannot Take to Visitation
  • Special Rules For Childred, Special Visits, Pastoral or Attorney Visits

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Prison Records

Details about Anamosa State Penitentiary records to be added later.

Such as:

  • Inmate records
  • Health records.

If you have any information on these topics to share, please post a comment using the form below.

Death Row

Information about Anamosa State Penitentiary death row to be added later.

If you have any information on these topics to share, please post a comment using the form below.


Details about Iowa parole procedures coming soon.

For example:

  • Parole hearings.
  • Review boards.
  • Who qualifies for parole.

If you have any information on these topics to share, please post a comment using the form below.


Information about release procedures for Anamosa State Penitentiary coming soon.

Inmate Programs

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Prison Life

Details about what life is like at Anamosa State Penitentiary to be added later.

  • Activities.
  • Daily schedule and routine.
  • Recreational facilities available.
  • What’s allowed, and what’s not allowed.
  • What the food is like.
  • What to expect.
  • Jobs and work release available.

If you have any information on these topics to share, please post a comment using the form below.


A news section coming.


A Anamosa State Penitentiary photo section will be posted ASAP.

For example, photos of:

  • Cells at Anamosa State Penitentiary
  • The yard.
  • What inmates wear at Anamosa State Penitentiary.

If you have any photos of Anamosa State Penitentiary that you would like to share, please contact us using the ‘Contact’ link at the bottom of the page.

Prison Jobs & Hiring

Looking for a correctional facility job? Have experience? Have you worked at a prison facility before?

If so, click here:

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Victim Resources

Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.

Victim’s Rights

The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:

  • Victims have the right to protection from the accused.
  • Victims have the right to notification.
  • Victims have the right to attend proceedings.
  • Victims have the right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
  • Victims have the right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
  • Victims have the right to restitution.
  • Victims have the right to a speedy trial.
  • Victims have the right to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect.

The definition of victim includes:

  • Spouses and children of all victims.
  • Parents and guardians of minor victims.
  • Parents, guardians and siblings of mentally or physically incapacitated victims or victims of homicide.
  • Foster parents or other caregivers, under certain circumstances.

There are a number of services and programs designed to help victims and their families. You can find out about these services by contacting the courthouse, or local law enforcement agency.

Victim Notification

The Department of Justice Victim Notification System (VNS) is a system that provides victims with information pertaining to their case and/or any defendants in the case. You will receive a Victim Identification Number (VIN) and a Personal Identification Number (PIN) that will allow you to access VNS via the internet or by phone. Here, you will find information about future court hearings, historical court events, and detailed information about the defendant. This will include criminal charges filed, the outcome of charges, sentence imposed, custody location, projected release date and any other release information. The VNS website is updated daily. You will also receive any ongoing information by mail or email.

Have you, a family member or friend ever used the Victim Notification System? If so, was it effective? Did you get the information in a timely manner? Was the system difficult to use? We would like to hear from you, so please post any comments here.

Click here to tell about all about it

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Family Resources

Information about family resources available at Anamosa State Penitentiary will be posted ASAP.


A history section coming.

Such as:

  • Famous Anamosa State Penitentiary inmates.
  • Escapes and prison breaks.
  • Executions.

If you have any information on these topics to share, please post a comment using the form below.


Information About Other Iowa State Prisons: Iowa State Prisons

Anamosa State Penitentiary Links

The official website:

Iowa Department of Corrections Links

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Tell Your Story – Write a Review of Anamosa State Penitentiary

Have you ever spent any time in Anamosa State Penitentiary? Do you know anybody that spent time there? Have you ever been to visit an inmate at Anamosa State Penitentiary?

If your answer is yes, then we would like you to tell us about it. Write about your experience because other people will know what to expect.

Things you could write in what you write:

  • Facility conditions
  • Prison layout and facility
  • Staff and guards
  • Food and commissary
  • Visitation
  • Inmates
  • Safety
  • Gang activity
  • Prisoner programs and activities

If you are an inmate at this prison, post your mailing address if you want people to be able to mail you.

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