Iowa Statistics

All women incarcerated by the State of Iowa are processed and housed at the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women [ICIW] in Mitchellville.

ICIW  Statistics:

Year Capacity Population
1988 127 134
2016 888 735
    • Average annual cost per person – $31,145
    • Median age of ICIW resident – 35
    • Women serving life sentences – 42
    • Sentences for non-violent crimes – 74%
    • Serving mandatory minimums – 25%
    • Most common crime – drug offenses
    • Average reading grade level –¬†9.7
    • Women having chronic and persistent mental illnesses in categories of schizophrenia, recurrent major depressive disorders, bipolar disorders, other chronic & recurrent psychosis, dementia & other organic disorders – 52%
    • Women with a chronic mental illness – 75%
  • Women who will serve their sentences and return to our communities – 94%

77% of the women have at least one biological child, three quarters of whom are minor children

* FIWP thanks the Iowa Department of Corrections for providing these statistics