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The Fifth Judicial District Department of Correctional Services is a community-based correctional agency which provides a variety of services to approximately 8,000 offenders in South-Central Iowa. We provide supervision and treatment to offenders prior to conviction, post conviction, and for offenders in residential settings. We utilize evidence based practices to achieve our Vision of "A Fifth Judicial District with No More Victims".

The belief and values of the over 250 employees of the Fifth Judicial District are that people can change; offenders can become stable, productive citizens, and employees; that every person should be treated with dignity and respect; that our work efforts need to facilitate public safety, and that everyone must work as a team if we are to succeed. We base our services on those beliefs and values.

We have not only survived, but have actually improved the delivery of services during the last two budget cycles which included a decrease of almost 7% of our budget. We use technology, but more importantly hire staff that understand and embrace our mission.

Our mission is to "protect the public, employees, and offenders from victimization, and, we seek to help transform offenders into productive Iowa citizens". We acknowledge that this work cannot be done in a vacuum and we rely heavily on the collaborative community partners that share in this work. We work closely with victim rights groups in order to be responsive to victim´s needs. We hope to expand our efforts at developing a more diverse work force, and therefore encourage minorities and people fluent in other languages to apply for either employment or volunteer opportunities.

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Jim Hancock Center
1000 Washington Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50314
(515) 242-6600

Residential Facility Escapes

The August issue of Research in Brief covers the topic of whether escapes from Residential Facilities are increasing. Click to view report

CBC – Field Services

The Legislative Services Agency, Fiscal Topics for July 2014 covered Field Services within Community Based Corrections. Click to view report

ICA Fall Conference

The ICA's is holding their 2016 Fall Conference in Des Moines, IA from October 5th - 7th, 2016. Click for more info

Women in Corrections Retreat

The next ICA Women´s Retreat will be September 15th - 16th, 2016 in Newton, Iowa. Click for more info

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