A Message from the Director

On behalf of the staff of the Sixth Judicial District Department of Correctional Services (DCS), I am pleased to present the 2019 Fiscal Year Annual Report.

The Sixth Judicial District Department of Correctional Services continues to provide an array of services: pretrial interviews and supervision, presentence investigations, probation and parole supervision, residential placement, and other specialized supervision services such as the Iowa Domestic Abuse Program (IDAP), Drug Treatment Court and Sex Offender Program.

Our staff strives to balance accountability and treatment in order to facilitate positive offender change while increasing community safety. This is accomplished through the work of all 6th DCS staff.  Our Vision is “An Iowa with no more victims”.  We do this by incorporating Evidence-Based Practices (EBP) in a cost effective manner that allows us to maximize the use of available resources. The efforts of our work resulted in a successful completion rate of 88.4% for all probationers that were placed on probation in 2015.

Accomplishments this past year include:

  • Accreditation by Department of Corrections Central office.
  • Fiscal audit for FY18 by the Iowa State Auditor’s office with no comments. 
  • BizLibrary’s 2019 Best Measured Results for a Training Program award. 

Future goals and strategies include:

  • A focus on work culture and climate.
  • A strategic initiative to focus on hiring and training the next generation of correctional practitioners.
  • A continued focus on leadership opportunities and succession planning. 

This report is submitted for filing with the Board of Supervisors of each county in the Sixth District, per Iowa Code 905.4. This document reflects activities of the Sixth Judicial District Department of Correctional Services from July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019.

I would like to thank and recognize the Board of Directors for placing their confidence in me as the Director; the work of our advisory committees; and most importantly, the staff of the Sixth Judicial District Department of Correctional Services. I am also grateful to our community partners who continually strive to improve our outcomes.

Respectfully submitted,

Bruce Vander Sanden, District Director
Sixth Judicial District Department of Correctional Services