Denise Cooper, District Director
PO Box 4030, Waterloo, Iowa 50704
Phone: 319-236-9626 ext. 1265
- 11 counties covered - Allamakee, Black Hawk, Buchanan, Chickasaw, Clayton, Delaware, Dubuque, Fayette, Grundy, Howard, Winneshiek
Services offered: Pre-Trial Services, Pre-Sentence Investigation, Probation, Residential/Work Release Facilities, Parole Supervision, Interstate Compact, Substance Abuse Treatment, Mental Health Services, Sex Offender Treatment, Women Offender Programming, Drug Courts, Domestic Violence Courts.
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PO Box 4030, Waterloo, Iowa 50704
527 E. 5th Street, Waterloo, Iowa 50703
312 E. 6th Street, P.O. Box 4030, Waterloo, Iowa 50704
745 Main Street, Dubuque, Iowa 52001
Independence Offices (Buchanan County Clerk of Court)
210 5th Avenue NE, Independence, Iowa 50644
301 E Main Street, Manchester, Iowa 52057
1584 S Frederick Avenue, Oelwein, Iowa 50662
Waterloo Residential Correctional Facility
310-314 East 6th Street, P.O. Box 4030, Waterloo, Iowa 50704
Dubuque Residential Facility
1494 Elm Street, Dubuque, Iowa 52001
West Union Residential Facility
500 South Pine, West Union, Iowa 52175
Waterloo Women’s Center for Change
1515 Lafayette, Waterloo, Iowa 50703
Client Programs in First District
Information about treatment programs available to First District clients
The First District provides services to offenders sentenced under the provisions of the Code of Iowa, Section 321J and 905.513. The district is required to contract for substance abuse counseling with a licensed substance abuse agency. O.W.I. programming is offered at all residential facilities.
The Sex Offender Treatment Program consists of three components: assessment, group therapy, and individual counseling. A Department Psychologist conducts the assessments and groups are facilitated by Department staff that are trained and certified. Polygraphs are used to verify offender reported information. In addition to district-wide field services programs, sex offender programs are provided in the Waterloo Work Release, West Union Residential, and Dubuque Residential Facilities.
Drug Court is a court that has been specifically designed and staffed to supervise nonviolent felony drug addicted offenders who have been referred to this comprehensive monitored program of drug treatment services.
Given the lethal nature of domestic violence as well as its tendency to affect all within its range, the community has a vested interest in the methods used to stop and prevent future violence. Interventions for domestic violence must be based on a complete understanding of the most effective strategies for this specific problem and should be implemented by those well educated and skilled in those methodologies. Group education programming is recognized as only one of the contributions to effective intervention with those who abuse. Other effective intervention strategies include safety planning for the victims, prompt response by law enforcement, rigorous prosecution, appropriate adjudication, close monitoring by probation, and sentences which reflect the seriousness of this crime against the community. Since education is one approach being used for a problem that has such serious consequences to others, the providers of IDAPs should meet the highest standards. These standards are necessary to recognize that domestic violence is a serious, potentially lethal problem and that programming for these violent individuals requires more than just a general knowledge of the treatment of behavioral or interpersonal problems. Education programs must never be used as an alternative to legal sanctions, but always as an adjunct to those sanctions. Research suggests a combination of legal sanctions and education programs is a more effective means of reducing abusive behavior than either one alone.
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Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA)
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