Maureen Hansen, District Director
515 Water Street, Sioux City, 51103
- 16 counties covered: Buena Vista, Cherokee, Clay, Crawford, Dickinson, Emmet, Ida, Kossuth, Lyon, Monona, O'Brien, Osceola, Palo Alto, Plymouth, Sioux, Woodbury
The Department of Corrections Third District has an array of services from pre-trial through parole and special sentence supervision. District staff also facilitate cognitive education classes and sex offender treatment/aftercare groups.
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District Administration, Parole/Probation, Pre-trial, IDAP and Residential Facilities
515 Water Street, Sioux City 51103
712-252-0590, Fax: 712-252-0634
Sheldon Parole/Probation/Administration Office
720 Western Ave, Sheldon 51201
712-324-5384, Fax: 712-324-5366
Sioux City North Facility
712-252-4226, Fax: 712-252-0634
Sioux City South Facility
712-224-5515, Fax: 712.252.0634
Client Programs in Third District
Information about treatment programs available to Third District clients
Electronic Monitoring is an adjunct to other community based correctional supervision and treatment requirements. It is primarily utilized for high risk clients and for those clients that are required by law or by the court as a condition of supervision. The department is utilizing the latest innovations in electronic surveillance to more effectively monitor high risk clients. Through the use of these units, the safety of the community can be greatly enhanced and the accountability of the client is maintained.
- Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) is the most innovative electronic surveillance technology used by criminal justice agencies and the Third District. The system combines GPS technology and advanced wireless communication protocols, flexible reporting and unique mapping capabilities to effectively track clients twenty-four (24) hours a day, seven (7) days a week. The Central Command Center (CCC), located in Des Moines, Iowa, is the main information area. The goal of GPS electronic monitoring is to minimize the risk to the community through monitoring a client’s movements 24 hours a day.
- Radio Frequency (RF) monitoring is an additional monitoring system used in the Third District that is mainly used for both curfew compliance and residency requirements in order to ensure that the client is maintaining a stable residence while at the same time is encouraging positive decision making by the clients we serve. Positive decision making by the clients we serve in turn minimizes risk to the community.
- Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitor (SCRAM) breath testing is used in the Third District as a means to promote alcohol sobriety of the clients that we serve who are struggling with alcohol dependence issues. This in turn minimizes risk to the community and encourages a sober lifestyle for the client.
Interstate Compact is utilized to regulate the movement of probationers and parolees across state lines. The Interstate Commission for Adult Offender Supervision (ICAOS) is enacted in all 50 states and three U.S. territories. ICAOS provides states the authority, accountability, and resources to track the supervision of clients across state lines. ICAOS enhances public safety and client accountability. In general, eligible clients sentenced to supervised probation or parole in one state can request to transfer their supervision to another state. This process is initiated by their supervising officer through the Interstate Compact Offender Tracking System. The client will be required to comply with both states’ supervision conditions if approved for Interstate Compact.
If you are on supervised probation or parole and interested in requesting to transfer your supervision to another state, please refer to your direct supervising officer.
The Iowa Domestic Abuse Program is a collaboration with community agencies to provide a group education process for clients who engage in domestic abusive behavior.
To talk to a Community Program Monitor from the Third District, please call one of the numbers below:
3ABuena Vista, Cherokee, Clay, Dickinson, Emmet, Kossuth, Lyon, Palo Alto, O’Brien, Osceola
712-324-5384 ext. 6122
3BCrawford, Ida, Monona, Plymouth, Sioux, Woodbury
Parole supervision occurs when the Iowa Board of Parole determines it is appropriate to release an individual from a state prison/institution/residential facility prior to the end of their sentence. Parole supervision is similar to probation supervision in that the individual must follow a set of standard conditions, as well as certain special conditions related to the individual’s needs and current conviction as deemed appropriate by the Iowa Board of Parole. Parole clients undergo risk and needs assessments, case planning, and referrals to community agencies. The role of the Parole Officer is to support clients in meeting the standards of supervision through accountability and advocating for services. The Parole Officer monitors the progress of clients through in person and collateral contacts while utilizing core correctional practices.
Presentence investigations (PSI) are prepared as mandated by the Code of Iowa and as ordered by the Court. This report includes a social history of the client as well as the client’s criminal history. The purpose of the report is to provide background information on the client to assist the Court with determining appropriate sentencing. It is also used by a Probation/ Parole Officer, Department of Corrections’ institutions, and the Board of Parole to assist in developing correctional treatment plans and in decision-making. The information is gathered from the client as well as other collateral sources including but not limited to a family member, employer, and treatment providers.
To assist in the PSI process, the biographical data form is utilized. Please fill out this form in detail and bring it with you to your appointment or return it to your Probation Officer prior to your scheduled appointment. If you require any special accommodations for your appointment, please contact your Probation Officer immediately. To schedule an appointment or find out who your Probation Officer is please contact us.
Release With Services (RWS) provides supervision to individuals who are released to the supervision of the Department while awaiting trial, rather than released on their own recognizance or held in jail on cash bond. Probation/Parole Officers supervise RWS individuals to help ensure that they meet all court appearances and to inform the Court of any actions that violate their release agreement during the pretrial period.
Probation is an alternative to incarceration. Probation involves the supervision of adult individuals in the community as a result of a suspended sentence or deferred judgment. Probation clients undergo risk and needs assessments, case planning, and referrals to community agencies. The Probation/Parole Officer monitors the progress of clients on supervision by focusing on core correctional practices. Probation supervision is the largest service provided by community corrections.
Pursuant to Section 905.14 of the Iowa Code, a person placed on probation shall be required to pay an enrollment fee of three hundred dollars to the district department. The supervision fee can be paid in one sum or installments prior to the end of the term of supervision. Make a payment here ↗
Low Risk Probation
Low Risk Probation is a program designed for clients who meet low risk supervision requirements. They are monitored to ensure fulfillment of their court ordered conditions.
Minimum Risk Probation
This Program is 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 officer as required every six months, and to communicate any changes on their status at any point. They are monitored for completion of financial obligations, court-ordered requirements, and law violations.
The Sioux City Residential Facilities (RTF) are designed to provide monitored, live-in supervision for high risk clients in need of structure and stability (housing, budgeting, employment), assistance in re-entry from prison, or as an alternative for incarceration in prison or jail.
Residents progress through the phase system by obtaining and maintaining full-time employment, attending treatment as ordered or deemed appropriate through assessments, meeting financial responsibilities, refraining from drug and alcohol abuse, and displaying pro-social behavior in the facility and community.
The goal of both Sioux City residential facilities is to support residents as they work their way toward becoming productive, law-abiding members of the community.
The Sex Offender Treatment Program utilizes evidence-based interventions for individuals that have been convicted of a sexual offense. Our goal is to assist clients in building a better life while furthering public safety. We strive to provide the tools to assist our clients in reducing their risk of re-offending through a better understanding of victim impact and relapse prevention. The services provided to clients include assessment, group therapy, and individual sessions.
Find forms and documents relating to Sex Offender Treatment below.
The District Department of Corrections, in conjunction with the Third Judicial District Juvenile Court Services, has designed and implemented the Community Drug Court in Woodbury and Plymouth Counties. These programs are designed to provide services to both adults and juveniles who have been referred by the County Attorney’s Office, Juvenile Court Services, defense attorneys, adult Probation/Parole Officers, or the Court.
Cases deemed appropriate for Drug Court involve individuals who engage in non-violent delinquent or criminal behavior, which is driven by a substance abuse problem. The primary charge does not have to involve substance abuse but the over-riding issue must be either alcohol or substance abuse.
Woodbury County Referrals
Joshua Knaack, PPOII
Plymouth County Referrals
Anthony Thomas, PPOII
Clay & Dickinson County Referrals
Kelsey Callens, PPOII
The program provides a means to divert eligible veteran participants from the traditional criminal justice system and provide them support and rehabilitation through comprehensive substance abuse and/or mental health treatment; education; and community resources, all while being judicially monitored.
Veterans Treatment Court (VTC) is a made up of an extensive collaboration of dedicated partners, including criminal justice, federal veterans’ agencies, and local community veterans’ organizations. The target population includes military veterans who have been charged with criminal offense(s) and who are identified with substance dependency and/or serious mental health issues.
Veterans’ Court Referrals
Anthony Thomas, PPOII
Third District Forms For Clients
Forms for client use in the Third District
Community Resources in Third District
Contact information to assist clients
Community Service Work – an opportunity to have clients give back to the community through unpaid work in the community which can be performed as a condition of probation or as part of a determinate Court sentence. It also benefits the client by connecting back into the community. Volunteer work may be completed at local organizations such as: Goodwill Industries, The Salvation Army, Sioux City Gospel Mission, Habitat for Humanity, Siouxland Humane Society, United Way of Siouxland, Community Action Agency of Siouxland, any local church or Food Banks. Any non profit Service that accepts Community Service.
Community is essential, without it we would live in isolation, and would likely have little to no contact with anyone outside of our own circles. Community allows us to give support to one another, share experiences, create bonds, contribute to a shared causes or interests, grow and network. Community unities us, giving us the ability to show service to shared values, purposes, and accomplish goals. We are very fortunate to have communities that are diverse, and full of resources. Below, you will find links to resources available in the counties served by the Third District. If you have further questions on how to get connected, you can call 224-6883 for assistance. Additionally, in Sioux City, there are Neighborhood Networks available to join!
View the Third District Community Resource Guide to find resources near you.
Looking for ways to get more involved? Here are some options:
- Join local groups, meetings, clubs, or form a coalition
- Get to know people of different backgrounds, cultures, ethnicities
- Host and organize local gatherings
- Spend more time outdoors
- Research community events and get active
- Pay it forward with kindness
Alone we can do so little;
together we can do so much.
– Helen Keller
Other Local and County Resource Directories:
Surveys reveal that financial issues are a leading cause of stress in American households.
By providing financial literacy education, people can learn a way to secure a better future for themselves and their families.
- Financial literacy can mean the difference between opportunity and adversity
- Financial literacy can open doors to an education and a career; it’s also a powerful tool to help victims of domestic abuse
- How to properly budget money
- The true value of money
- How to avoid loans with double digit interest rates
- How to pay taxes
- How to use tax-efficient investment tools
- How to get off social welfare programs
- How to find better housing
- How to pay more money back toward victim restitution
Financial literacy programs can also help address other needs, which may include problem-solving abilities, impulse control, employment, peer associations and cost versus benefits.
An investment in financial literacy is an investment in each other and ourselves.
(Information from articles authored by Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz and Tyson Howard.)
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