Mount Pleasant Correctional Facility

The Mount Pleasant Correctional Facility was established in 1976 as a temporary unit to hold 144 offenders.  In 2016, MPCF was reclassified as a minimum-security facility with a focus on preparing offenders for re-entry to the community.  Core programming at this facility includes Substance Abuse and Cognitive/Batters Education.

MPCF is located in Mount Pleasant, Iowa sits on 152 acres of grounds that is maintained by minimum out offenders under the supervision of maintenance staff. Gardens produce close to 100,000 pounds of food that is used to feed the offenders, which results in huge savings in food costs.  

These offenders also work for the local law enforcement agency by mowing lawns and waxing floors, they build houses for Habitat for Humanity, and some inmates are on a roadside clean-up crews. Inmates also wash and wax cars with proceeds going to the facility’s Hospice Program.

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Visiting Hours and Rules

Visiting hours at Mount Pleasant Correctional Facility are on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays from 8:00 AM to 4:45 PM. There are also visiting hours on Thanksgiving and Christmas. All visitors must be signed in by 3:30 PM or they won’t be allowed to visit.

Visit Procedures

Before you can visit an inmate at Mount Pleasant Correctional Facility, you must get on their approved visiting list. In order to be on an offender’s visiting list, the visitor’s application must be completed and mailed to the Central Visiting Authority. If you have questions, please call Centralized Visiting at 319-385-9511. You can access the IDOC Visitation Application by clicking here

All visitors are required to have current photo identification to get into the facility, and they are subject to search. 

Searches may include, but are not limited to: a pat down, metal detectors, electronic ion scanners, other electronic devices, or visual searches. They will deny your visit if you are not willing to submit to a required search. 

Visitors are allowed to use a Debitek Card to purchase canteen items for their inmate during visits. The Mount Pleasant Correctional Facility has the written guidelines posted in the visiting room.

Dress Code

Visitors must follow the dress code to enter the visiting room. The dress code at Mount Pleasant Correctional Facility is as follows:

  • All visitors must wear shoes
  • Visitors wearing miniskirts, shorts (that are above the knee), muscle shirts, see-through clothing, or halter tops will not be allowed
  • Institutional procedure will address the wearing of shorts by children under 12 
  • Visitors wearing clothing with slogans, pictures, or words intended to deprecate race, sex, or cultural values shall not be allowed entry
  • Visitors may be required to remove for the duration of the visit outerwear such as, but not limited to: coats, hats, gloves, or sunglasses 
  • A medical need for sunglasses must be verified by a prescription 

Visitor Property

Items not allowed in the visiting room include:  

  • Weapons of any type (including pocket knives) 
  • Cell phones 
  • Any personal device with independent Internet connection capabilities (i.e., Kindle, Nook, Iphone, smart phone, smart watch with SIM card, etc.) 
  • Medications (unless necessary, i.e. nitro, etc.) 
  • Tools 
  • Cameras 
  • Tobacco/tobacco items (lighters) 

Baby items allowed for visitors with infants:

  • Two diapers
  • Clear baby bottle (non-glass) with milk or formula only 
  • Clear sippy cup (empty) 
  • One baby blanket 
  • One burp cloth 
  • One factory-sealed, clear, plastic container baby food 

Physical Address

Mount Pleasant Correctional Facility
1200 East Washington
Mt. Pleasant, IA 52641

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Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Inmate Name and DOC Number
Mount Pleasant Correctional Facility
1200 East Washington
Mt. Pleasant, IA 52641

Envelopes must be properly addressed and include the offenders full name, IDOC Identification number, and valid return address.  

Correctional staff inspects all correspondence and packages, and there are some rules you must follow: 

  • Photographs including snapshots or digital photos are acceptable. Female breasts, as well as genitalia and buttocks of both males and females, must be substantially obscured, or substantially covered by clothing (including swimwear or undergarments) or any other object which is not considered pornographic or obscene. Lewd display of genitalia by males or females, clothed or unclothed, is not allowed. Single sheets of multiple photographs, thumb nail or other sizes, must adhere to these standards. 
  • Clippings from authorized published material. 
  • Copies of Internet material, unless deemed a security risk/threat.
  • Attachments/enclosures sent in with mail is limited to ten pages or pictures. 

If you would like to send an email to an inmate, you can register for O-mail at The cost for each O-mail sent is $0.25.

How to Call an Inmate

You can’t call an inmate at the Mount Pleasant Correctional Facility, but they do have access to a phone during assigned times, and they can call you. For complete details on how to call an inmate in Iowa, please click here.

How to Send Money

Inmate Banking

The Iowa Department of Corrections has centralized offender banking operations. All incoming money for offender spending/commissary accounts is received and handled by a central location.

All incoming money for an inmate’s account must be sent to the following address:

IDOC Offender Fiduciary Account
1550 L Street, Suite B
Fort Dodge, IA 50501

All deposits must be in the form of a cashier’s check or money order. All cashier’s checks and money orders must be made payable to: IDOC Offender Fiduciary Account. 

The cashier’s check or money order must include the following: offender name, offender number, sender’s name, and sender’s complete address. All writing should be legible. If the deposit does not follow these guidelines, it will be returned to the sender by mail. 

Access Corrections

Access Corrections deposit services provides friends and family an easy, reliable and inexpensive way to send money to an incarcerated loved one in the Iowa Department of Corrections system.

  • Online: visit for deposit rates starting at $3.49. Access Corrections accepts Visa and MasterCard credit or debit cards.
  • Online: Make deposits directly from your CorrLinks account, the website used to send O-Mail messages ( and get the same low rates starting at $3.49. Click on the “Send Money” button to get started.
  • Toll Free Telephone Number: Call 1(866)345-1884 to make a credit or debit card payment over the phone for as low as $4.49.
  • Walk-In:
  • CashPayToday for a flat fee of $6.95.
    • Visit or call 1(844)344-CASH (2274) to register and find a location near you. You will need to provide the following information: Inmate ID #, your name, address, and other important information.
    • Dollar General, Family Dollar, and Kum & Go stores are part of the CashPayToday program.


JPay services are available for anyone wishing to send money to an offender in the Iowa Department of Corrections system.

  • Online: The website will accept payments made with a Visa or MasterCard-branded debit or credit card. Fees range from $3.95 to $10.95 based upon the deposit amount.
  • Telephone: Credit or debit card payments can also be made over the phone at (1-800-574-5729). Fees range from $4.95 to $11.95 based upon the deposit amount.
  • WalkーIn Location: Cash payments can be made at any MoneyGram Agent location. There are 30,000 MoneyGram location in the United State, including Wal-Mart, CVS, 7-11, and Albertsons. A fee of $8.95 will apply for each transaction. 


The Iowa Department of Corrections accepts wire transfers from Western Union for Offender Accounts. This does NOT include telephone accounts. Money may be sent in any of the following three ways:

The process used is “Quick Collect.” Senders must use the “Pay to” as the Iowa Dept of   Corrections. The “Code City” is IOWADOC and the “State” is IA. The “Sender’s account #” is the offender ID number and offenders last name. For example, 1234567Jones. 

If the offender number and last name do not match, the IDOC records the payment will be rejected. Fees for this service vary by amount sent.

​Programs For ​Inmates

Through a contract with Southeastern Community College offenders can receive their HSED degree, literacy certificates, vocational education, and special education.  MPCF offers an apprenticeship program with 14 job skills training, such as welding, cabinetry, painting, etc.

Iowa Prison Industries has a building on the grounds of MPCF which employs an average of 33 offenders. These inmates work eight to ten hours a day, with a main focus on building dorm furniture for the three universities in Iowa.

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Careers at Mount Pleasant Correctional Facility

If you are interested in a career with the Iowa Department of Corrections at the Mount Pleasant Correctional Facility, you can click here for more information.