A new report is showing Iowa's prison population is expected to top 11,000 by fiscal year 2021.
The forecast, by Paul Stageberg of the Department of Human Right's
division of criminal and juvenile justice planning, also says Iowa's
prison population should set a record of more than 9,200 by 2013
and increase each year thereafter.
Stageberg says revoked probations and court commitments will increase and changes to sentencing and sex offender laws will keep
inmates in prison longer.
Iowa's corrections department director, John Baldwin, says
Iowa's prison capacity will reach 7,666 beds once projects in
Mitchellville and Fort Madison are completed by 2014. The new
projections push the state's prison population to nearly 148 percent of capacity in 10 years.