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.

The Fort is three documentaries in one:

  • A history of the old Iowa State Penitentiary (ISP) — nicknamed “The Fort” — founded in 1839 and, at the time of its closing in 2015, the oldest prison west of the Mississippi River;
  • A look at the new state-of-the-art Iowa State Penitentiary; and
  • A profile of the inmates and staff who make “The Fort” a surprisingly human institution

Click here for a preview of The Fort.
Click here for a preview of the history portion of the documentary.
Click here to view a profile of the inmate & staff profiles.

1. Prologue: Moving Day
2. The Iowa Territorial Prison (Early Prison History)
3. The Wall
4. Progressive Prison
5. The Last Mile (Capital Punishment)
6. The Riot
7. C.E.R.T.
8. Cellhouse 217
9. The Escape
10. New Prison
11. New Prison, New Paradigm
12. Requiem for The Fort

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