The controversy over the retracted Rolling Stone story about an alleged gang rape of a student identified only as "Jackie" at a fraternity house on the University of Virginia campus has sparked many debates. On this segment of River to River - the lessons learned in journalism, ethics, and the way new media impacts how these stories are told and discussed.
A recent report from the Iowa Department of Human Rights indicates the number of inmates in Iowa will increase by four thousand in 10 years. The report looks at the number of people going into prison, how long they are staying, and how many people are released each year.
The Director of Research at the Iowa Department of Corrections, Lettie Prell, says prison officials have seen high numbers like this before.
“We view this forecast as being not set in stone, but as an indication of where we might be going if we don’t examine our current policies and practices."
Tonight, the Iowa Supreme Court will consider the question, “Do witnesses in criminal trials need to testify in person? Or is remote, two-way video testimony just as affective?
The state of Iowa claims two-way remote video testimony is just as effective as in-person testimony. Additionally, video testimony is less expensive and less time consuming, and therefore there is large incentive to use remote video testimony more extensively.
The Iowa Supreme Court ruled that the Iowa bar exam will remain a requirement to practice law in the state. The Iowa State Bar Association had sought to waive the exam for graduates of Iowa law schools.
The University of Northern Iowa is going to bankruptcy court to try to get money back from the now defunct Cedar Falls-based investment fund Peregrine Financial group. The firm’s CEO Russell Wasendorf, Sr. is serving a 50-year prison term for defrauding investors of more than 200 million dollars.
Jason Powell will not be proselytizing near entrances to the Iowa State Fair this year. The U.S. District Court in Des Moines ruled in an injunction Tuesday, that fair officials can bar Powell from areas of heavy foot and vehicle traffic for public safety purposes.
The injunction's ruling does allow Powell to demonstrate on fair grounds in less populated areas, but his attorney Nate Kellum of the Memphis-based Center for Religious Expression says this is an empty victory.
The United States Department of Transportation has ordered the nation’s rail lines to let states know how much crude oil is coming through from the Bakken oil fields in North Dakota. The Bakken crude is especially flammable and a number of derailments have resulted in disastrous fires. Iowa officials are in dispute with the rail lines about whether to release the information to the general public.
It’s been 5 years since the Iowa Supreme Court decision of Varnum versus Brien that paved the way for same sex marriage in the state and Iowa’s public opinion is changing.
In 1996, Rob Gilmer and his husband Rene Orduna opened the restaurant Dixie Quick's in Omaha. They were running out of space in their Nebraska restaurant and after the Iowa Supreme Court decision they decided to move the restaurant to Council Bluffs.
State lawmakers looking into the closing of the Iowa Juvenile Home at Toledo got a fresh perspective from juvenile court officers who work with the delinquent girls who used to be assigned to the home. The officers argue that Iowa needs a facility specifically for girls who’ve been in serious trouble with the law. Governor Branstad is at odds with the judicial branch.
Activist groups launched a project they hope will illustrate how common racial profiling is in and around Des Moines. The ACLU, the NAACP, and a coalition of churches known as AMOS are inviting people of color to come forward with their stories to document allegations that law enforcement targets individuals solely because of their race.
It’s been just over a month since two girls from Dayton, Iowa were abducted near their bus stop - allegedly by a convicted sex offender who’d served nearly two decades in prison. Authorities say Michael Klunder abducted the girls and committed suicide later that day.
The fact that Klunder was free at all has prompted questions about how sex offenders are evaluated, treated and monitored.
This story begins a summer series examining Iowa's correctional system.