Programs

PRETRIAL INTERVIEWS This program was established as an alternative to the traditional bail bond system. As a service to the Court, arrestees are objectively assessed for likelihood to appear for court. A standardized interview that looks at issues related to stability (residence, employment/support, family ties, criminal record, community protection, etc.) is conducted at the jail. Information is verified, additional information is gathered (failure to appear, supervision status, etc.) and a recommendation is made to the court regarding release.

PRETRIAL RELEASE WITH SUPERVISION Release With Supervision (RWS) provides pretrial supervision for some arrestees prior to disposition of their criminal charges, to ensure all court appearances and obligations are met. Probation/Parole Officers supervise RWS offenders to help ensure that offenders meet all court appearances and to inform the Court of significant violations of release conditions during the pretrial period.

PRESENTENCE INVESTIGATION Presentence investigations are prepared as mandated by the Code of Iowa and as ordered by the Court. The purpose of the report is: 1) To provide background information on defendants to assist the judiciary with determining appropriate sentences; and 2) To provide information to probation officers/institutional personnel to assist in determining appropriate case planning/correctional programming for defendants. Presentence Investigations include a variety of information such as criminal record, medical/psychiatric history and defendant’s attitude that enables the Court to make an educated decision on sentencing.

PROBATION/PAROLE As the largest program in Community Corrections, probation serves as an alternative to prison and jail incarceration. Parole supervision is provided when the Board of Parole determines offenders should receive periods of supervision following prison incarceration.

INTERSTATE COMPACT The Interstate Compact for Adult Offender Supervision (ICAOS) is a formal agreement between the 50 states and 3 territories that seeks to promote public safety and victims’ rights by systematically controlling the interstate movement of certain adult probationers and parolees.

MONITORING AND MAINTENANCE PROGRAM (MMP) The program began in May 2004 for low risk and minimum supervision cases. The probationers are selected for this program as a result of risk scores identified by the Iowa Risk Revised (IRR) assessment, in adherence to Evidence Based Practices (EBP). Probationers are required to meet with the supervising agent as required and complete monthly reports. Probationers are monitored for completion of financial obligations, court-ordered requirements, and law violations.

SELF-SUPERVISED PROBATION (LOW RISK PROBATION) The Sixth Judicial District developed a program to divert low-risk offenders from traditional supervised probation in response to a legislative mandate to reduce services to misdemeanant offenders which is also in adherence to Evidence-Based Practices (EBP). The self-supervised offender must fulfill courtordered obligations just as offenders on supervised probation; however, the offender is responsible for completing these obligations on their own.

RESIDENTIAL FACILITIES: The District has four residential facilities that offer the highest structure and monitoring; therefore, designed for higher-risk offenders who require enhanced supervision. The residential facilities also offer short-term placements for offenders under supervision in the community in an effort to stabilize the offender, thus avoiding possible revocation. Residential facilities in the Sixth Judicial District provide housing for adult male and female offenders on probation, parole, work release, and Federal offenders.

ELECTRONIC MONITORING Electronic monitoring equipment is used to augment supervision of offenders who require daily monitoring of their activities or are required by law to be monitored by this system.

SEX OFFENDER PROGRAM The District provides treatment, monitoring and surveillance (including GPS) to those offenders who have been convicted of a sexual-based offense. Treatment services are provided to offenders in accordance to validated sex offender specific risk assessment scores along with the use of polygraph and psychological assessment. The SOP Unit provides ongoing treatment groups which vary in frequency and length in accordance with offender risk and needs.

IOWA DOMESTIC ABUSE PROGRAM (IDAP) Men’s Programming: Male domestic assault offenders participate in the 24-session curriculum, Achieving Change Through Value-based Behavior (ACTV.) It incorporates essential components of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy/Treatment (ACT), an empirically-based psychological intervention that uses acceptance and mindfulness strategies to increase psychological flexibility.

IOWA DOMESTIC ABUSE PROGRAM (IDAP) Women’s Programming: The Moving On curriculum, also 24-sessions in length, is offered to women convicted of domestic assault. This gender-specific program addresses many risk factors that can lead to a woman’s criminal behavior. It provides women with alternatives to criminal activity by helping them identify and mobilize personal and community resources.

TREATMENT ACCOUNTABILITY FOR SAFER COMMUNITIES (TASC) The Treatment and Accountability for Safe Communities program entails in-depth evaluation of substance abuse needs, referrals targeted to address clinical and criminogenic needs, and facilitation of referrals to community programs. The counselors with the TASC program also coordinate and provide programming for the 321.J (OWI) program, serving both Linn and Johnson Counties. In the past year we also added the capacity to do evaluations for parole and probationers in county jail, with goal of reducing barriers to successful community re-entry where appropriate.

MENTAL HEALTH JAIL DIVERSION/PRETRIAL RELEASE The Pretrial Mental Health Jail Diversion Program is available through the District for offenders primarily The Pretrial Mental Health Jail Diversion Program is available for offenders residing in Linn, Jones, and Benton Counties. This program was established to provide jail diversion and reentry services for people struggling with symptoms of mental illness. This program originated in Linn County but has expanded to others in our region via partnership with the East Central Region (ECR) Mental Health and Disabilities Services office.

DRUG TREATMENT COURT (DTC) The Sixth Judicial District Drug Treatment Court Program is a prison diversion program based in Linn County. It is designed to provide intensive community supervision to probation offenders who would be sent to prison if the program did not exist. This program follows the evidence-based practice of targeting high-risk, high-need offenders who have abuse and dependency issues related to one or more substances. The DTC program operates based on the Risk-Needs-Responsivity principle and holds participants accountable to follow through with interventions at dosages appropriate for their risk. DTC participants attend court hearings as often as weekly, appearing before the judge and a multidisciplinary team of professionals, allowing rapid responses to problematic behavior as well as swift recognition of positive changes.