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Anamosa State Penetentiary Museum, Anamosa

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Anamosa State Penitentiary is a maximum security penitentiary prison located in the Jones County community of Anamosa, Iowa - approximately 25mi northeast of Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
As of February 21, 2016, the penitentiary is home to approximately 880 inmates with another 175 in segregation and has 357 staff members. Inmates working in the Iowa Prison Industries produce metal stamping, custom wood, printing, metal furniture, sign, and cleaning products at the penitentiary. The penitentiary also offers educational services, and has a contract with a community college for such services. The prison offers vocational training in welding, automobile repair, horticultural, and janitorial services. Inmates also are able to take courses to earn a high school diploma or a GED, or can take coursework towards an Associate of Arts degree. The prison also offers substance abuse treatment programs for those inmates with drug and/or alcohol problems.
Supporting the Treatment and Security functions of the prison there is also a comprehensive program of religious services, physical, and creative activities.
A.S.P. Religion Center: This offers an expanding variety of services, programs, and studies from multiple faith groups. These include (listed alphabetically): Asatru, Buddhist, Christian (Catholic, Liturgical Protestant, Pentecostal & Gospel), Jehovah's Witnesses, Moorish Science Temple of America, Muslim (Sunni), Nation of Gods and Earths, Native American sacred ceremonies, Satanist, and Wicca. The program is supported by 60+ regular volunteers who are clergy and lay authorities in their various faith groups.
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  • Unfortunately the museum and gift shop were closed due to Covid, but this place deserves a drive-by nonetheless. Amazing to think this historic structure has been operational as long as it has..  more »
  • This is a small museum packed with a lot of information! A very interesting place. Items were well displayed. Well worth the $3.00.  more »
  • Great place, cant wait to visit again....
  • Excellent place to live, good people, good staff, great food, awesome living conditions. Would definitely recommend this place to everybody.

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