2018 Iowa Statewide Forum on Public Safety

2018 Iowa Statewide Forum on Public Safety 

The 2018 Statewide Forum on Public Safety has come to a close. The Department of Corrections and Department of Public Safety would like to thank our many partners from across the state and even country that helped make the day a success. 

One thing was very clear across all the discussions that took place at the forum: this event should serve as a starting point, not an end. There is much work to be done to create a more safe Iowa, and it will take the collaboration of many different agencies and sectors to accomplish our collective goals.  


You can still watch all the panel sessions and speeches from the Forum via the Department's YouTube page by clicking here!


The following is a the schedule that was used for the day of the forum, and a summary of the event to promote the forum (posted prior to June 19th, 2018): 

Iowa’s Department of Public Safety and Department of Corrections are hosting a day-long, “Statewide Forum on Public Safety.” The event will be held at Iowa’s Correctional Institution for Women in Mitchellville, Iowa on June 19th.

The following is the agenda for the event:

9:00 – 9:20 Forum Kick-off with Governor & Lt. Governor

9:20 – 9:30 Forum Logistics/Housekeeping

9:30 – 10:15 Session 1: Public Safety Issues in Rural Iowa

10:15 – 10:30 Break

10:30 – 11:15 Session 2: Needs of Victims/Restorative Justice

11:15 – 11:30 Logistics of Lunch and a short Break

11:30 - Noon VIP Speakers: Chief Justice Cady and Tom Ferguson from Attorney General’s Office

Noon to 1: Prison Tours and Lunch in Cafeteria 

1:00 to 1:45 Session 3: Community Supervision

1:45 to 2:00 Break

2:00 to 2:45 Session 4: Behavior Health/Addiction

2:45 to 3:30 Forum Recap, Wrap-Up and Next Steps


Event registration is open to the public, and all public safety stakeholders are encouraged to attend in person, or to livestream the event. Registration will close at 3 p.m. on Monday, June 18. 

To register: 

click here

The event will also be streamed live via Correction’s YouTube account. You can find the link to that livestream right here the day of (June 19), or by “subscribing" to the department’s Youtube channel here.

A link to the Press Release from Governor Reynolds announcing the event can be found here.

Event Summary:

To strengthen community safety in Iowa, people who commit crimes must be held accountable and receive the intervention needed to change their behavior; victims must have access to assistance; and policing and public safety approaches must aim to decrease crime and violence, not just reported incidents of crime. To reach these goals, federal, state, and local organizations must work together to reduce crime, address the needs of victims, improve responses to people who have behavioral health needs in the criminal justice system, and ensure that resources are available to high-risk people on community supervision.

Iowa has been selected by the Bureau of Justice Assistance to host a State Forum on Public Safety as a continuation of the 50-State Summit on Public Safety that was held in November 2017 in Washington, D.C. The Iowa Department of Corrections and the Iowa Department of Public Safety are co-hosting the forum, and it will be facilitated by representatives from The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center.

At the Iowa Statewide Forum, county and state leaders, criminal justice experts, policymakers, victims, people returning to the community from incarceration, and corrections and behavioral health practitioners will come together to identify common public safety challenges and develop recommendations to address them.

Governor Kim Reynolds and Lt. Governor Gregg will give opening remarks, Chief Justice Mark Cady and a representative from the Attorney General’s Office will attend as guest speakers.

The forum will feature the following four sessions:

  • Public Safety Issues in Rural Iowa
  • Needs of Victims and Restorative Justice
  • Improving Responses to People Who Have Behavioral Health Needs in the Criminal Justice System
  • Strengthening Community Supervision and Focusing Resources on High-Risk People


If you are unable to attend, or the event space is full, the entire event will be streamed live on YouTube. 

Printed from the Iowa Department of Corrections website on September 29, 2022 at 3:30pm.