TRAILER & OVERVIEW

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The Fort is a documentary on the history of the old Iowa State Penitentiary (ISP), the opening of the new ISP, and a profile of its inmates and staff.
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THE PEOPLE

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The Fort is also a deeply human story about compelling characters. Wardens. Guards. Inmates.Read more

PRISONER PHOTOS

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Beginning in the middle 1800s, the Fort’s inmates were photographed when they first arrived at the prison. A gallery of some of the first photos is below.Read more

RACE & THE FORT

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African Americans constitute just 3.4 percent of Iowa’s population — but 40 percent of the Fort’s inmate population.* What accounts for the extreme discrepancy?Read more

HUMANITIES IOWA

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Humanities Iowa, producer of The Fort, conducts programs that support the humanities across Iowa. Read more