UIU criminal justice students visit Anamosa State Penitentiary

Criminal justice students

Tiffany Kragnes, Upper Iowa University assistant professor of criminal justice, accompanied 13 students from the Fayette campus as they visited Anamosa State Penitentiary in Anamosa, Iowa. The participating students were able to take a tour of the 13-acre maximum security prison for men, including Iowa Prison Industries.

FAYETTE, Iowa (March 17, 2015) - Thirteen Upper Iowa University students were joined by Tiffany Kragnes, UIU assistant professor of criminal justice, in visiting Anamosa State Penitentiary (ASP) on Thursday, Feb. 26.

ASP is the only open-yard correctional facility in Iowa. Due to the unique system, the students witnessed the challenges faced by the correctional staff in both the open-yard area and open-cell blocks.

The students were able to take a tour of the 13-acre facility, including Iowa Prison Industries.  Iowa Prison Industries provides inmates work and skill opportunities, and includes such workshops as braille translation, woodworking, furniture, plastics, license plates and signs.

Prior to concluding the recent visit, the UIU students participated in a panel discussion with the ASP warden, assistant warden of security, and two current inmates. One inmate was serving a 10-year sentence for robbery, while the other was sentenced as a juvenile to life in prison for murder.

To further enhance their educational experience each term, students of the UIU Criminal Justice program are provided the opportunity to participate in discussions with guest speakers within the criminal justice system and tour various related facilities. In addition, these events can provide opportunities for future internships in the field of criminal justice.

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