Fifth Judicial District - Department of Correctional Services


The District provides the following services to our offenders:

Pretrial Release (Release on Recognizance) Interviews adult offenders utilizing an objective point system and recommends the release from jail, without money bond, of offenders whose ties to the community indicate they will appear in court when scheduled.

Release with Services (RWS) Utilizing subjective criteria, interviews adult offenders not qualifying for Pretrial Release and recommends the release from jail of offenders who require supervision.

Intensive Pretrial Release (IPTR) Recommends high-risk offenders for supervised release that do not qualify for either Pretrial Release or RWS.

Presentence Investigation (PSI) A full life history of the offender, now encompassing the LSI-R, which is completed following the offender's plea of guilty or being found guilty. It is used by the Judge in sentencing proceedings and is also used by the probation/parole officer, state institutions, and the Parole Board to assist in developing case plans and in formulating treatment programs.

Community Service Sentencing This program was begun in 1978 as a means to have offenders give back to the community through unpaid work in the community which can be performed as a condition of probation or as part of a determinate Court sentence.

Informal Probation Designed for low-risk, minimum supervision offenders that are given Court ordered conditions, specific to the offender, to be completed in a designated time period while on probation.

Probation Supervision of convicted offenders from the Court utilizing community resources, research-based and evidence-based practices and processes such as "Best Practices", "What Works", and the LSI-R.

Parole Supervision of convicted offenders following granting of parole by the State Board of Parole from a state institution, half-way house, or OWI prison, utilizing community resources, research-based and evidence-based practices and processes such as "Best Practices", "What Works", and the LSI-R.

Intensive Supervision Program (ISP) The offender's needs and risk level are determined through the Level of Service Inventory, Revised (LSI-R), Jesness, and the Iowa Risk Assessment Form. Officers provide intense supervision of a smaller case load of high-risk convicted offenders holding them accountable through intensively supervising, monitoring, facilitating, and educating the offender in an attempt to restructure their thinking processes and to increase public safety and reduce recidivism.

Special Needs Refers to those individuals who have been diagnosed with a major mental illness, dual diagnosis disorders (mental health and substance abuse problems), brain injury or mental retardation. Officers assist through numerous referrals and interventions while holding the offender accountable.

Domestic Abuse Officer duties are similar to ISP, but focus more on collaboration with community agencies providing interventions. This group meets monthly via the Domestic Abuse Coordinating Council.

Intensive Supervision Drug Court Started as a pilot program, the unit's goal is to address, with a holistic approach, offender substance abuse behavior problems leading to criminal behavior.

Youthful Offender Program This program is offered at the discretion of the Department and Polk County Attorney's Office to qualified juvenile offenders waived to adult court on felony charges and young adults under the age of twenty-two who are charged with a first time felony. Staff assess, refer and monitor offenders who are sent to community-based substance abuse programs.

Sex Offender Treatment Program - Des Moines Office The Department‘s Sex Offender Treatment Program (SOTP) provides supervision and treatment for convicted or pre-trial release sexual offenders. Supervision incorporates the use of designated Warrant Team officers and Electronic Monitoring, which includes the use of Global Positioning System (GPS). Treatment services consist of psychosexual / amenability for treatment evaluations, polygraph assessment, penile plethysmograph (PPG) assessments, as well as cognitive behavioral group, individual and family therapy.

Sex Offender Treatment Program - Creston Office The Department contracts with Crossroads Mental Health Center to provide sex offenders in Creston and surrounding areas with cognitive behavioral group therapy, family counseling, and psychiatric services on an "as needed" basis. A designated SOTP officer oversees the supervision and surveillance of offenders through the Creston Office, while GPS, polygraph, and PPG testing are implemented through the Des Moines Office.

Men's Residential Facilties These facilities are located on the south side of Des Moines on the historic Fort Des Moines military grounds. Building 68 houses the eighty (80) offenders that are in our treatment program. This program is licensed by the Iowa Department of Health, Division of Substance Abuse. Building 70 houses one hundred twenty (120) offenders that are Work Release, Probation or Federal supervision status including Bureau of Prisons, Public Law and Federal Pre-Trial. Building 66 has three programs: the Honors Unit, which houses forty (40) offenders of various status (except for Federal) where offenders have earned the privilege to reside there. Also located in building 65 is The Half-Way In Program and the Transitional Living Program. Transitional housing is a short term housing option for those who have lost their housing or have unstable living arrangements. Half-Way Program is designed to help offenders who have technical violations become more accountable and stable. All programs employ a four step level system that rewards positive behaviors with advancement in the level system. We also have a Day-Reporting component that assists in transitioning offenders home.

Women's Residential Facility Located at 1917 Hickman Road in Des Moines, this forty-eight bed facility houses female offenders sentenced as a condition of probation by the Court, on state work release, as OWI Third Offense inmates, or as Federal pretrial or jail transfers. The OWI offenders are part of a substance abuse treatment program that is licensed by the Iowa Department of Health, Division of Substance Abuse. The facility has one room where we can allow a mother and child to reside, while the mother completes her sentence. This portion of the program is designed to allow the mother and child a chance to live together in a safe environment designed to enhance the mother's parenting and other life skills. The facility is in the process of being remodeled to become a Resource Center for female offenders. Probation Officers are housed at the facility and additional programming is being added.

Fugitive Unit (Warrant Team) All of this unit's officers are Certified Law Enforcement Officers who have graduated from the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy. They are the only Department staff certified and allowed to carry weapons. Three Polk County Sheriff's Officers and a Polk County Detention Officer are part of the Fugitive Unit. The units' duties include apprehension of fugitives, including those from other jurisdictions and agencies, surveillance of probation, parole, and residential facility offenders, training and instruction of fellow staff members, and assisting with the Sheriff's Work Alternative Program.

Support Service Center This unit, created to assist the Department by incorporating "Best Practices", "What Works", and effective correctional interventions into the daily Department operation, delivers research-based offender programming, staff guidance in the areas of case management and effective correctional interventions, and assists unit supervisors with quality assurance on assessment tools, case planning, and supervision according to risk, need and responsivity.

Electronic Monitoring The Department monitors the statewide electronic monitoring program for all eight Judicial District Departments of Correctional Services using voice verification, radio frequency, and global positioning satellite units.

Offender Educational Groups The Department provides a number of cognitive-based intervention classes intended to help facilitate change within the offender, such as "CALM", Moving On", and Thinking For A Change" which are instructed by Department staff.

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