Jail Diversion Program


What is diversion?

  • An inmate on a jail diversion program is confined to their home and monitored with an electronic device. They are allowed to leave their residence for the purpose of exercising their Huber privileges. The residence must be free of alcohol, alcohol containers, illegal drugs, and firearms.
  • If you have been sentenced to the Iowa County Jail with work release/Huber privileges, you may be eligible to serve part or all of your sentence at your home if you meet the criteria. This guide is designed to help determine if you may be eligible and to assist you in applying for Jail Diversion.
  • Qualified inmates apply for Jail Diversion by completing a pamphlet application. To qualify for Jail Diversion you must be serving a Dane County sentence and sentenced with Huber privileges. You must have a residence in Iowa County. If you are sentenced to an OWI charge you must have scheduled or completed your court-ordered AODA assessment.
  • Your current charges, pending charges, criminal history, and institutional behavior are all taken into consideration when determining your appropriateness for Jail Diversion. There will be a mandatory drug screen before you are enrolled in any diversion program. A background check will also be conducted to determine your eligibility for Jail Diversion.

How do I apply?

Complete the Jail Diversion Application and then e-mail jaildiversion@iowacounty.org 

You may also drop your application off or mail it to: 

Iowa County Jail Diversion
 1205 North Bequette Street
 Dodgeville, WI 53533

Incomplete pamphlets will not be acted on.

What would disqualify me?

  • You must be serving an Iowa County Sentence
  • Transfers are subject to the approval of the Jail Administration
  • You must be sentenced with Huber privileges
  • You must have a residence a 40 minute drive or less from the Iowa County Sheriff’s Office
  • If you are sentenced on an OWI charge you must have scheduled or completed your court-ordered AODA assessment
  • Your current charges, pending charges, criminal history, and institutional behavior are all taken into consideration when determining your appropriateness for Jail Diversion
  • Violent felonies, habitual criminality, and crimes with victims are not generally accepted  
  • There will be a mandatory drug screen before you are enrolled in any diversion program
  • Failure to report to jail on time or failure to report drug and alcohol-free will jeopardize your participation in Jail Diversion

How do I transfer to Iowa County to serve my sentence on the Diversion program?

If you are interested in transferring to Iowa County, you will need to contact the sentencing county jail once you are officially sentenced. You can request a Huber Transfer Request along with a copy of your Judgment of Conviction that states "May serve in Iowa County”. These two forms will need to be faxed to Iowa County Jail Diversion at (608) 935-5377 or emailed to jaildiversion@iowacounty.org. All transfers need to be able to pay Jail Diversion fees and must report to Iowa County drug and alcohol-free.

What happens next?

A background check will be conducted to determine your eligibility for Jail Diversion. If it’s determined you are an eligible candidate, Jail Diversion will contact you to schedule an orientation.

At the time of the orientation you will be required to provide the following:

  • A letter from your employer on letterhead stating the nature of your work and your work schedule
  • Class schedule, if applicable
  • A copy of your completed AODA assessment paperwork or the time and date of your future assessment
  • Full names and birth dates of any adults living at the address with you

Arriving at the jail with detectable alcohol on your breath and/or signs of illegal drug use will result in cancellation of the interview and may cause you to be denied jail diversion.

Driving to the jail with a revoked or suspended driver’s license may cause you to be denied Jail Diversion.

When will I know I am accepted into the Jail Diversion program?

Please complete an application and turn it in two weeks prior to sentencing. If it’s determined you are an eligible candidate, the Diversion program will contact you to complete an orientation prior to enrollment. Your file will again be reviewed once you are sentenced and we have a Judgement of Conviction from the court. You will need to report for your sentence drug and alcohol free. 

Employment

Employment is not a requirement to be eligible for Jail Diversion. Inmates who are employed or seek employment while on Jail Diversion will follow all Iowa County Sheriff’s Office Huber Law Procedures.

Volunteer Program

Unemployed inmates are encouraged to participate in the Iowa County Jail Volunteer Program. Participating inmates may be eligible for sentence reduction credit.