State Criminal Justice Profile


BJA Investments

In Fiscal Year 2014, BJA provided more than $5 million* in state and local funds to Iowa.

Justice Assistance Grant Program—State Formula $1,882,224
Justice Assistance Grant Program—17 Local Awards $731,041
Other Direct Discretionary Funds $2,452,947

Source: Bureau of Justice Assistance
*This amount does not include funding for national training and technical assistance programs that benefit all states and territories.

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Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program—State Formula

Grantee Name GMS Project Period Project Title GMS Award Amount
Iowa Governors Office of Drug Control Policy 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 2014 Byrne JAG Formula Award–Iowa $1,882,224

Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program—Local Awards

Grantee Name GMS Project Period Project Title GMS Award Amount
City of Ames 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Ames Police Department Tactical Operations Support Project $20,565
City of Burlington 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 2014 JAG Body-Worn Cameras Project $22,375
City of Clinton 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Clinton Officer Safety Project $21,610
City of Council Bluffs 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 FY 2014 Local Byrne JAG $96,984
City of Des Moines 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Increase Efficiencies in the Processing of Forensic Evidence and Law Enforcement $167,323
City of Dubuque 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 City of Dubuque 2014 Law Enforcement, Prevention, Investigative and Tactical Response Project $20,470
City of Iowa City 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 2014 JAG Radar and Lidar Units Ballistic Vests Replacement Award $25,790
City of Keokuk 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Keokuk Police Department Direct JAG Award 2014 $15,388
City of Marshalltown 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 2014 JAG Officer Safety, Training, Equipment, and Supplies Project $18,855
City of Muscatine 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 2014 JAG County Drug Task Force and Public Safety Projects $21,373
City of Ottumwa 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 FY 2014 JAG Program $11,636
City of Waterloo 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Black Hawk County Direct JAG $60,271
City of West Des Moines 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Development of an Evidence Technician Unit $15,198
Linn County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 2014 JAG Law Enforcement Initiatives $52,339
Scott County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 2014 JAG Quad City Metropolitan Drug Task Force Project $100,878
Webster County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Fort Dodge Police-Webster County Sheriff JAG 2014 Project $16,576
Woodbury County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 2014 JAG Multiagency Drug Task Force and Equipment Projects $43,410

Other Direct Discretionary Funds

Grantee Name GMS Project Period Project Title GMS Award Amount
Iowa College Student Aid Commission 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2015 Iowa FY 2014 John R. Justice Program $31,993
Iowa Department of Corrections 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2016 Gender-Responsive Sexual Violence Propensity Assessment for Female Offenders $166,416
Iowa Department of Corrections 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2016 Iowa Female Co-Occurring Treatment and Reentry Program $545,074
Iowa Governor’s Office of Drug Control Policy 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Formula Residential Substance Abuse Treatment for State Prisoners (RSAT) Grant $78,985
Iowa Governor’s Office of Drug Control Policy 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2015 Second Chance Recidivism Reduction $1,000,000
Iowa Governor’s Office of Drug Control Policy 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2015 Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Reallocation Funds $56,285
Iowa Governor’s Office of Drug Control Policy 08/01/2012 – 07/31/2015 2014 Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) Setback Program $112,571
Johnson County 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2016 Johnson County Drug Treatment Court $192,528
Sac and Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2017 Public Defender Program $269,095

Law Enforcement Agencies and Officers

Law Enforcement Agencies: 228

Sworn Officers: 5,035

City     County     Tribal     State*     Other

Source: FBI Uniform Crime Report (2013)

  • More than 92% of the 228 law enforcement agencies in Iowa have 50 or fewer sworn officers.
  • Nearly 41% of sworn officers work for agencies with 100 or more officers.
Note: Detail may sum to more than 100% due to rounding.

Officer Fatalities and Assaults

Between 2004 and 2013, 2 officers were feloniously killed (1 in 2013) and 2 officers were accidentally killed in the line of duty. In 2013, 470 officers were assaulted (0.94% of all officers assaulted in the United States).

Crime Trends

According to the FBI Annual Report, nationwide violent crime in 2013 decreased more than 4% from the 2012 estimates. Below are the current crime trends for Iowa:

Crime 2012 2013 %
Violent Crime 8,112 8,388 3.4
Murder and Manslaughter 45 43 -4.4
Forcible Rape* 871 1,840 N/A
Robbery 962 939 -2.4
Aggravated Assault 6,234 6,323 1.4
Property Crime 69,839 67,800 -2.9
Burglary 17,096 15,868 -7.2
Larceny-Theft 48,720 47,686 -2.1
Motor Vehicle Theft 4,023 4,246 5.5
*This state’s agencies submitted rape data according to the revised UCR definition of rape.

Arrest Data

In 2013, total arrests (101,402) decreased 1.12% from 2012. Violent-crime arrests decreased 1.77% (4,055), and property-related arrests increased 11.18% (15,466).
Source: FBI Uniform Crime Reports

Court Structure

Court of Last Resort:    Supreme Court
Intermediate Appellate:    Court of Appeals
General Jurisdiction:    District Court


Prisoner Admissions: 5,159
Prisoner Releases: 5,202
Total Prisoners: 8,697

Source: Bureau of Justice Statistics (2013)

Major Correctional Facilities: 11
Recidivism Rate*: 29.7%
Top Offenses: Violent, drug, property crime (FY 2014)

Source: Iowa Department of Corrections
*The Association of State Correctional Administrators defines recidivism as the percentage of offenders released from prison who return within 3 years. The measure includes offenders released to parole supervision as well as those who are discharged at the end of their sentence.

Regional Informations Sharing Systems® (RISS)

The Mid-States Organized Crime Information Center (MOCIC), a RISS Center, serves Iowa. There are 251 Iowa criminal justice agencies that are members of MOCIC.
Source: Regional Information Sharing Systems

Seal of Iowa


In Iowa, Byrne JAG state funding has assisted with numerous innovative initiatives and supports:

  • Seventeen multijurisdictional drug enforcement task forces, which promote collaboration by local, state, and federal agencies and constitute the front line in drug enforcement throughout Iowa.

  • Mental health evaluation and counseling to reduce recidivism among high-risk male and female offenders.

  • Community substance abuse prevention coalitions to communicate accurate educational information on drug and alcohol abuse and related issues.

  • Innovative delivery of mental health crisis services to offenders in facilities and in rural communities with limited access to psychiatric services.

Source: National Criminal Justice Association

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State Administering Agency (SAA)

Governor’s Office of Drug Control Policy Steve Lukan, Director

Iowa At-A-Glance

Total Population: 3,090,416
Population Under 18: 724,032
Population Over 65: 480,879

Source: U.S. Census (2013 est.)

State Investigative Agency:
Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation Jim Saunders, Director

Local Governments: 1,947
Source: U.S. Census (2012)

Federally Recognized Tribes: 1
Source: Bureau of Indian Affairs

U.S. Attorneys’ Offices: Kevin W. Techau—Northern District of Iowa, Cedar Rapids Kevin E. VanderSchel—Southern District of Iowa, Des Moines Source: U.S. Department of Justice

Homeland Security Agency: Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Department Mark Schouten, Director

Drug Courts: 49
Source: National Drug Court Resource Center