A Message from the Director

The 6th DCS continues to provide an array of services: pretrial interviews and supervision, pre-sentence 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 are “Agents of Change” who strive to balance accountability and treatment in order to facilitate positive 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 COVID-19 pandemic has created an unprecedented challenge for the current correctional practitioners in the 6th DCS. The flexibility and resiliency of staff during this time has been remarkable. They are our greatest asset.

Accomplishments this past year include:

  • Championing our “Agents of Change” philosophy
  • Introducing data to guide decision-making and measure successes 
  • Continued sound fiscal planning and budget practices

Future goals and strategies include:

  • “Humanizing” the populations we serve campaign
  • Acknowledging successes and celebration of the 50-year anniversary of the agency
  • Building on lessons learned during the pandemic
  • Staff wellness and agency culture

I would like to recognize and express my gratitude to 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