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 Depart of Corrections’ providing the statistics included above.