The Division of Criminal and Juvenile Justice provides research, analysis and program development to improve Iowa's justice system.

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Criminal & Juvenile Justice Planning

FY2016-FY2026 Iowa Prison Population Forecast Released

The Iowa Department of Human Rights’ Division of Criminal and Juvenile Justice Planning has released the FY2016 - FY2026 Prison Population Forecast.  This forecast is a projection of Iowa’s prison population, in the absence of system reforms, over the next ten years.  

Iowa's prison population is expected to increase from 8,196 inmates on June 30, 2016, to a projected 10,648 inmates on June 30, 2026.  This results in a 30 percent increase over the ten-year period if current offender behaviors and justice system trends, policies, and practices continue. 

The Division of Criminal and Juvenile Justice Planning (CJJP) is within the Department of Human Rights and was established through the provisions of Iowa Code Chapter 216A, Subchapter 9. CJJP is the Iowa Statistical Analysis Center (SAC), a member of the Justice Research and Statistics Association (JRSA), and carries out research, policy analysis, program development and data analysis activities to assist policy makers, justice system agencies and others to identify issues of concern and to improve the operation and effectiveness of Iowa's justice system. CJJP staff provide a justice system information clearinghouse service to system officials and the general public.

CJJP also administers federal and state grant programs to fund local and state projects to prevent juvenile crime, provide services to juvenile offenders and otherwise improve Iowa's juvenile justice system. Annually, this funding is made available through competitive and allocation grant application procedures.

CJJP carries out its duties under the oversight of the Iowa Criminal and Juvenile Justice Planning Advisory Council and the Iowa Juvenile Justice Advisory Council. Administrative Rules governing CJJP operations and grant programs can be found in Section 428 of the Iowa Administrative Code.