Crime Victims' Rights Week
April 6 - April 12, 2014


The First District paid tribute to victims of crimes during an event at the Waterloo Women's Center for Change.  Victims' stories were shared and the names of those losing their lives due to a criminal offense during the last year were read.  Sarah Harms, Victim Liaison for the Board of Parole, shared her experiences.  At the end of the ceremony, the song "It Gets Better" written for The Trevor Project was shared.  http://www.thetrevorproject.org/  

Message from the Director

karenThank you for visiting the First Judicial District Department of Correctional Services’ website. It is important to me that the public knows the department’s role in our communities and how you can obtain more information.

One big accomplishment for the department last year was to open the Waterloo Women’s Center for Change.   I was thrilled with the interest in new jobs created by the opening and the agencies eager to help us provide every possible opportunity for the people we serve to succeed in making positive changes in their lives. 

We have such wonderful partnerships throughout the district and I want to thank all of our community partners for their role in helping us work toward our vision of “An Iowa With No Victims”. 

The department’s focus continues to be on reducing victimization through the use of Evidence Based Practices.  Programs and supervision offered by the department have been shown to be cost effective as well as effective in reducing risk to reoffend.  We are committed to eliminating the over-representation of African Americans in the criminal justice system and continue to evaluate our services to work toward this goal.

The number of mentally ill offenders within the corrections population has continued to grow and we work to help them manage their mental illness in a way that will help them out of the criminal justice.

If you are considering a career in corrections, the department provides exciting volunteer and internship opportunities.  We are always looking to increase diversity within our workforce, so minorities are encouraged to apply.  Please contact us if you are interested in learning more. 

We also have many excellent staff who are willing to speak to community groups, so please contact us if you would like to arrange for a speaker about community-based corrections in your area. 

Karen E. Herkelman
District Director


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ICA Conferences
See the Iowa Corrections Association website for information on their upcoming conference Click for more info

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Our Results

Reports that impact our offender population . . . more info here

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Our Strategic Plan . . . .info here

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Restorative Justice . . . info here