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NCJ Number: 141041 Find in a Library
Title: Anamosa's Landmark in Stone
Journal: Corrections Today  Volume:54  Issue:2  Dated:(April 1992)  Pages:80,82,84,86
Author(s): L Erickson
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 4
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Steps are being taken to list the Iowa State Men's Reformatory in Anamosa on the National Register of Historic Places due to the facility's outstanding architectural features.
Abstract: Prison construction began in 1872, and the facility was fully operational by 1874. The facility has massive outer walls and crenelated towers that give it the appearance of a medieval fortress. Flower beds inside and outside the facility and stone lions guarding the entrance to the administration building add to the reformatory's appearance. The prison administrator believes that keeping the grounds attractive is important to prison life. The facility's interior resembles a small, self-contained city, with a complex of cell blocks and support buildings. The 13-acre site is home to about 1,200 inmates, 350 more than the facility was designed to accommodate. Another 1,400 acres outside the prison serve as the location for the prison farm, vegetable gardens, and additional support facilities. Many inmates work in prison industries, at jobs that include metal stamping, printing, custom woodworking, tire recapping, sign making, laundry product repackaging, and metal furniture making. Basic education classes are also available, as well as training in auto body work, welding, and janitorial services.
Main Term(s): State correctional facilities
Index Term(s): Architectural design; Correctional industries; Inmate Education Assistance Programs; Iowa
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