Fort Dodge Correctional Facility – Iowa

Looking for somebody at Fort Dodge Correctional Facility? Fort Dodge Correctional Facility is a correctional facility in the Iowa state prison system. This page gives you info about everything you might need to know about Fort Dodge Correctional Facility,like: Learn how to locate an inmate. How to visit Fort Dodge Correctional Facility inmates. The address and phone number. Mailing or sending money to an inmate at Fort Dodge Correctional Facility. And much much more…

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General Prison Information

Official Name: Fort Dodge Correctional Facility
Year Opened: 1998
State: Iowa
County: Webster County
DOC: Iowa Department of Corrections
Security Level: Medium

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Contact Information

Below is the mailing address and street address for Fort Dodge Correctional Facility. Use the mailing address if you are mailing a letter or package to a prisoner there, and make sure to use the physical address if you want to know the physical location of Fort Dodge Correctional Facility.

Mailing Address

Make sure to check the Inmate Mail and Package Procedures information further down on this page before you mail something to a prisoner to make sure that you properly address the letter or package, and do the appropriate steps for mailing a package or letter. If you do not use the appropriate directions, the package or letter might not get delivered.

Fort Dodge Correctional Facility
1550 L Street
Fort Dodge IA, 50501

Street Address / Prison location


Fort Dodge Correctional Facility
1550 L Street
Fort Dodge IA, 50501

Phone Number and Fax Number

Fax Number:

Map and Directions

Use this address if you are visiting an inmate. You should read the Inmate Visitation Procedures and Inmate Visitation Schedule information on this page if you are going to visit an inmate.

Fort Dodge Correctional Facility
1550 L Street
Fort Dodge IA, 50501


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Phone Number

Fort Dodge Correctional Facility prisoners don’t have phones, so you won’t be able to call inmates, however, there are cases when it might be useful to have the phone number to Fort Dodge Correctional Facility.

Fort Dodge Correctional Facility prisoners can sometimes call out using:

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

Fax Number

Fort Dodge Correctional Facility prisoners don’t have fax machines, so you won’t get to fax a letter to the inmate, but there are cases when it is necessary to know the fax number to the facility.

Email Address

This email address is the main email address for the facility. You won’t be able to reach inmates at this email address. If you want to find out how to send an email to a prisoner, go to the Inmate Email section below.

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Inmate and Staff Statistics

Total Inmates: 1183
Total Staff: 366

Inmate Email

To email a letter to an inmate you must use an specific procedure to ensure that the email letter is received by the inmate.

Inmate Internet Access

State prisoners are not permitted to access the web.

Inmate Mail and Package Procedures

There are special protocols that you have to follow when sending postal mail to a state prison inmate. If you don’t follow the procedures then what you sent might be returned to you.

Before you proceed, make sure to read the links below:

Mail Monitoring

Fort Dodge Correctional Facility officials open and read and inspect all incoming general postal correspondence. Received general correspondence can be read as frequently as is necessary to keep security and safety or watch any problems having to do with a certain inmate.

How to Address a Letter to an Inmate

Here is the correct format for how you need to address mail to a state prison inmate at Fort Dodge Correctional Facility:

Fort Dodge Correctional Facility
1550 L Street
Fort Dodge IA, 50501

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Inmate Money

Every state prison has a Commissary which serves to provide prisoners a bank type account for prisoner funds and for purchasing things not issued regularly by the facility.

How to Send an Inmate Money

Anyone may send funds to inmate’s Commissary accounts using Western Union or by mail.

Via U.S. Postal Service: An inmate’s family and friends are able to send prisoners funds through postal mail and have to send funds to this address and do so in accordance with the rules shows below:

The funds have to be in the form of a money order made out to the prisoner’s full committed name and complete eight-digit register number. You should 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 holding period, and during this hold period the prisoner will not get the depsoit. The Bureau of Prisons will return money orders that do not have correct prisoner information but only if the envelope you sent it in has a return address. Cash and personal checks cannot be deposited to the prisoner’s account so do not send any checks or cash.

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Inmate Locator

State prisoners are often moved to different correctional facilities around the state, so you might need to locate what facility an inmate is at using the inmate locator. Follow the link below to find an Iowa prison inmate.
Inmate Search

To find other Iowa state prisons: Iowa State Prisons

Inmate Visitation

Before you go to visit an inmate at Fort Dodge Correctional Facility, make sure you be aware of the following information:

  • Visitation Schedule
  • Visitation Rules
  • Visitation Application

Inmate Visitation Schedule

Inmate Visitor Procedures

Every Iowa state prison has its own rules for prison visits and these policies change often. The procedures discussed here could be changed by the time you are reading this, so make sure to also read Fort Dodge Correctional Facility’s website to get the most up to date rules for visitation.

Visitation Sign-In and Check-In

The entrance guard ensures each visitor signs the prisoner visitors log upon entering the visitation area and upon leaving.

Identification Required

Positive picture id of all visitors will be required. Acceptable forms of id are Driver’s License and Social Security Card; although, a state issued photo id is acceptable.

For all of the points listed below, check the actual correctional facility site as 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

More information about Fort Dodge Correctional Facility prison 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

Details about Fort Dodge Correctional Facility death row coming soon.

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


Information about Iowa parole procedures will be posted ASAP.

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.


More information about getting released from Fort Dodge Correctional Facility coming.

Inmate Programs

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Prison Life

Info about life at Fort Dodge Correctional Facility 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 Fort Dodge Correctional Facility news section will be posted ASAP.


Fort Dodge Correctional Facility photos coming soon.

For example, photos of:

  • Cells at Fort Dodge Correctional Facility
  • The yard.
  • What inmates wear at Fort Dodge Correctional Facility.

If you have any photos of Fort Dodge Correctional Facility that you would like to share, please contact us using the ‘Contact’ link at the bottom of the page.

Prison Jobs & Hiring

Trying to find a job at a correctional facility? Do you have experience? Have you worked at a prison facility previously?

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:

  • You have the right to protection from the accused.
  • You have the right to notification.
  • You have the right to attend proceedings.
  • You have the right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
  • You have the right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
  • You have the right to restitution.
  • You have the right to a speedy trial.
  • You 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.

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Family Resources

Information about Fort Dodge Correctional Facility inmate family resources to be added later.


A section with the history of Fort Dodge Correctional Facility will be posted ASAP.

Such as:

  • Famous Fort Dodge Correctional Facility 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

Fort Dodge Correctional Facility Links

The official website:

Iowa Department of Corrections Links

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Tell Your Story – Write a Review of Fort Dodge Correctional Facility

Have you ever been an inmate in Fort Dodge Correctional Facility? Do you know anybody there? Have you ever been to visit someone there?

If you have, then we would like you to tell us about it. Write down what you experienced so that others can learn what to expect.

What to include in your review:

  • Facility conditions
  • Facility layout and facility
  • Prison staff and Guards
  • Prison food and commissary
  • Visitation
  • Inmates
  • Prisoner safety
  • Prison gangs
  • Prisoner programs and activities

If you are currently an inmate at this facility, include your mailing address if you want people to be able to mail you.

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