Correctional facility is a term used by Process Servers in Iowa that refers to a jail, prison, or other place of incarceration by government officials. They serve to confine and rehabilitate inmates in Iowa as they do in all other states.

Do Process Servers say there is a difference between a correctional facility and a prison in Iowa?

Actually, in Iowa, correctional facilities and prisons are basically the same. Correctional facilities usually include prisons and jails while prisons are considered a subpart of the correctional system. Whether an inmate is incarcerated in a Iowa corrections institution or a prison, they are subject to service of process, continuing their involvement within the justice court system. It must be noted, Private Process Servers in Iowa who are tasked to serve process upon an inmate are delivering legal documents concerning civil matters only.

Correctional Institutions and Prisons in Iowa are similar to most facilities in all states throughout the United States. State Prisons and Facilities in Iowa are part of a larger criminal justice system which includes police, prosecution and the courts.

Inmates / defendants / respondents incarcerated in a Iowa correction facilities are subject to the practices of the institution's rules and regulations. Process Servers who are tasked with the job of serving inmates in a Iowa facility with service of process can only perform their duties and services with the guidance and approval of the facility managers and in many situations, the approval of the warden.

Estimates and data reveal that there are more than 1,400,000 inmates within the entire United States state prison system

State prisons in Iowa are generally classified as minimum, medium and high security. There are approximately 1700 state prisons in the United States. Inmates in a correction facility in Iowa regardless of classification are subject to private Process Servers performing service of process and are no different than any other person incarcerated in Iowa.

Federal correctional Institutions located in Iowa are the homes for inmates who have been convicted of a wide range of charges. Estimates and records indicate all federal prisons house over 220,000 inmates.

Many people familiar with the federal corrections system in Iowa refer to federal prisons as a penitentiary. Penitentiary is synonymous with prison and/or jail, these names actually mean the same. The number of sentenced inmates entering federal prisons facilities in Iowa each day is far less than the number of people who are delivered to its jails.

Private Process Servers throughout Iowa deliver legal documents and civil lawsuits to incarcerated inmates. Actually, federal prisons grant Process Servers access to inmates by appointment only and are easier to coordinate service of process services than Iowa state run prisons.

Anamosa State Penitentiary

Address: 406 North High Street P.O. Box 10

City: Anamosa

County: Jones

State: Iowa

Zip Code: 52205

Clarinda Correctional Facility

Address: P.O. Box 1338

City: Clarinda

County: Page

State: Iowa

Zip Code: 51632

Fort Dodge Correctional Facility

Address: 1550 L Street

City: Fort Dodge

County: Webster

State: Iowa

Zip Code: 50501

Iowa State Penitentiary

Address: P.O BOX 316

City: Fort Madison

County: Lee

State: Iowa

Zip Code: 52627

Luster Heights

Address: 481 Luster Heights Road

City: Harper's Ferry


State: Iowa

Zip Code: 51246

Iowa Correctional Institution For Women

Address: 300 Elm Avenue, SW P.O. Box 700

City: Mitchellville

County: Polk

State: Iowa

Zip Code: 50169

Mount Pleasant Correctional Facility

Address: 1200 East Washington

City: Mt. Pleasant


State: Iowa

Zip Code: 52641

Newton Correctional Facility

Address: PO Box 218

City: Newton

County: Jasper

State: Iowa

Zip Code: 50208

Iowa Medical and Classification Center

Address: Highway 965 P.O. Box A

City: Oakdale

County: Johnson

State: Iowa

Zip Code: 52319

North Central Correctional Facility

Address: 313 Lanedale

City: Rockwell City

County: Calhoun

State: Iowa

Zip Code: 50579