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Iowa State Pen looking to fill 15-20 positions

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The Iowa State Penitentiary in Ft. Madison is looking to fill 15 to 20 correctional officer positions and is looking to women to fill some of these roles.

Correctional Officer Ronnie Stewart says the job is a unique opportunity and isn't like what you see on TV.

The Ft. Madison prison would like to encourage women to also apply for these positions.

Strong social skills are a plus.

"It takes a lot. Your communications skills, your people skills have to be really on point," Stewart said.

An informational session will be held Tuesday, October 2 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

To be placed on the list, call 319-376-4842.

The deadline to call is September 25.

Speaking of the Iowa State Pen in Ft. Madison, the old prison will be open for public tours next month.

It was built in 1839 and was used all the way up until 2015.

It is also on the national register for historic places.

The differences in architecture result from advancement and progress within the prison system.

Visitors can choose from public tours in the morning from 9 a.m. to noon or in the afternoon from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27th.

Tickets can be purchased online.

Visitors can pick the self-guided option or choose to have a tour guide.

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