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In terms of visitation in Iowa prisons, that is governed by internal regulations, and it is not "illegal" to deny visitations. The document I will provide you has resources for making sure that visitors are allowed. http://www.doc.state.ia.us/documents/OffenderVisiting.pdf
Also, there is a grievance procedure that is followed to complain of treatment in an Iowa prison: http://www.law.umich.edu/facultyhome/margoschlanger/Documents/Resources/Prison_and_Jail_Grievance_Policies/Iowa_Policy.pdf
This is done through an Offender Grievance complaint, which you can obtain at the prison. Here is a sample. http://www.law.umich.edu/facultyhome/margoschlanger/Documents/Resources/Prison_and_Jail_Grievance_Policies/Iowa_Sample_Grievance_Form.pdf
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The reasons for termination of visitation are on page 9-10 of the first document that I provided you.
Here it is again in case you are having trouble accessing it: http://www.doc.state.ia.us/documents/OffenderVisiting.pdf