Iowa

The table below displays aggregate COVID-19 data for incarcerated people and staff in carceral facilities located in Iowa. The State DOC Data Grade represents our assessment of the transparency and quality of those data reported by Iowa's state department of corrections.

*

The Iowa Department of Corrections stopped reporting COVID data on February 23, 2022.

F
State DOC Data GradeView scorecard
Cumulative CasesActive CasesCumulative DeathsTests
Incarcerated PeopleCountPer 10kCountPer 10kCountPer 10kCountPer 10k
State Adult Prisons5,6267,053----222849,30357,779
Federal Prisons----------------
ICE Detention Centers45--2--0------
State and Local Youth Facilities----------------
StaffCountPer 10kCountPer 10kCountPer 10kCountPer 10k
State Adult Prisons1,5036,056----28----
Federal Prisons----------------
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Facilities by

FacilityIncarcerated PeopleStaff

ICE Pottawattamie County Jail

ICE Detention Centers

1--

ICE Pottawattamie County Jail

ICE Detention Centers

1--

ICE Hardin County Jail

ICE Detention Centers

0--

ICE Polk County Jail

ICE Detention Centers

0--

ICE Linn County Jail

ICE Detention Centers

0--
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Map of Iowa with spikes representing the active metric for each facility.

1

Spikes represent the active cases in a facility for incarcerated people

Data Reporting & Quality Scorecard

Data Reporting & Quality GradeF*

This scorecard assesses data reporting and quality for the state department of corrections in Iowa. Read more about our scoring methodology and to see how this jurisdiction compares to other state and federal systems.

Scores assessed as of September 28, 2022.

*

The Iowa Department of Corrections stopped reporting COVID data on February 23, 2022.

Data reporting for incarcerated people
  • Cumulative Cases

    None

  • Cumulative Deaths

    None

  • Active Cases

    None

  • Tests Administered

    None

  • Population

    None

  • Vaccinations

    None

  • Boosters

    None

Data reporting for staff
  • Cumulative Cases

    None

  • Cumulative Deaths

    None

  • Active Cases

    None

  • Tests Administered

    None

  • Population

    None

  • Vaccinations

    None

  • Boosters

    None

Data quality
  • Machine Readable

    No

  • Regularly Updated

    No

  • Clearly Defined

    No

  • Contextualized Historically

    No

Prison and Jail Releases Related to COVID

We collect data on jurisdictions across the U.S. that have released people from adult prison and jail custody in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Click a row to view full details.

FacilityPeople releasedRelease details

Linn County Correctional Center

Linn

--Minor offenses

County-wide jails

Polk

700
Map of Iowa with spikes representing the active metric for each facility.
County with a release

Grassroots and Community Organizing Efforts Related to COVID

Our team collects data on grassroots and community organizing efforts by incarcerated people, their families, community-based organizations, nonprofits, and advocates aimed at influencing government agencies to protect the lives of people incarcerated in prisons, jails, and detention centers against the threats posed by COVID-19. Click a row to view full details.

Target facilityCountyDate of actionOrganizationType of effortInternal/ externalEffort concernsSource
ICE Linn County JailLinn5/8/2020Iowa Citizens For Community Improvement, Iowa City Catholic Worker House, Families of detaineesPress ConferenceInternalAccelerated releases
StatewideStatewide9/22/2020Des Moines BLM and Sponsored by American Friends Service Committee, Interfaith Alliance of Iowa, Eastern Iowa Community Bond, Iowa Justice for Our Neighbors and Central Iowa DSAMarch/Protest–ExternalInternalAccelerated releases
StatewideStatewide4/16/2020ACLU of IowaLetter/PetitionInternalAccelerated releases
StatewideStatewide1/30/2021American Friends Service Committee Iowa, Center for Worker Justice, Central Iowa Democratic Socialists of America, Des Moines Black Liberation Movement, Des Moines Mutual Aid, Des Moines Showing Up for Racial Justice, Forward Latino, Great Plains Action Society, Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement, Iowans for Immigrant Freedom, LULAC, Prairielands Freedom Fund.Letter/DemandsInternalAccelerated releases, Sanitation improvements