Thank you for visiting the First Judicial District Department of Correctional Services’ website. It is important to me that the public knows what the department’s role is in our communities and how you can obtain more information.
The department provides a wide range of services and programs including preparation of pre-sentence investigation reports, pre-trial interviews and supervision, probation and parole supervision, and cognitive-behavioral programming aimed at reducing risk to re-offend. Our highest level of supervision within community-based corrections is our residential correctional facilities, located in Waterloo, Dubuque, and West Union. A 45 bed women’s center was completed in June of 2011 (and opened in 2013). The department is committed to providing gender responsive supervision and programming to reduce recidivism for women offenders.
The department’s focus is on reducing victimization through the use of Evidence Based Practices. Programs offered by the department have been shown to be cost effective as well as effective in reducing risk to reoffend.
One of the challenges facing community-based corrections is the increase in mentally ill offenders under supervision. The First District has responded to this challenge by employing specialized caseloads for mentally ill offenders, mental health court, and jail diversion for mentally ill offenders.
If you are considering a
career in corrections, the department provides exciting volunteer
and internship opportunities. Please contact us if you are
interested in learning more.
Karen E. Herkelman
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See the Iowa Corrections Association website for information on their upcoming conference Click for more info
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Reports that impact our offender population . . . more info here
Our Strategic Plan . . . .info here
Restorative Justice . . . info here