Summer Corrections Series en Iowa's Prison Programming <p><span class="userContent">Today on Talk of Iowa, we wrap up our corrections series with a conversation on the programs offered to incarcerated offenders. </span>Host Charity Nebbe learns about how these programs are designed for treatment, recovery, rehab, and enrichment. And, she inquires into the effectiveness of these programs towards lowering the recidivism rate.</p><p></p> Mon, 29 Jul 2013 20:39:03 +0000 Emily Woodbury & Charity Nebbe 26583 at Iowa's Prison Programming Recidivism <p>Iowa Public Radio concludes it's summer series on Iowa's corrections system with a look at recidivism. Host Ben Kieffer learns why offenders in rural areas may be at a disadvantage when they leave prison, and also, what factors influence an offender's likelihood to return to prison?&nbsp;</p><p></p> Mon, 29 Jul 2013 19:53:25 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Sarah Boden 26581 at Recidivism Staffing Iowa's Prisons <p>Nationally the turnover rate for correctional officers is over 15%. Working in a prison is a stressful and dangerous job, but it can also be rewarding.&nbsp; Today, Clay Masters speaks with a correctional officer from the Mitchellville Correctional Institute for Women joins the program to discuss what its like to work at a prison.</p><p>Also, the union AFSCME claims that the Department of Corrections has insufficient staff numbers running the state’s prison and as a result correctional officers are at risk.&nbsp; Clay Masters looks into the validity of these claims</p><p></p> Mon, 22 Jul 2013 19:54:00 +0000 Clay Masters & Sarah Boden 24421 at Staffing Iowa's Prisons Spirituality In Iowa Prisons <p>Prison inmates have a lot of time to think. Some offenders take comfort in their faith, for others it’s a time to explore a new belief system. Today on Talk of Iowa: spirituality behind bars.<br><br>Host Charity Nebbe finds out what the Department of Corrections does to meet the spiritual needs of inmates, and she listens to stories from those who have worked in Iowa Prisons, including a pastor, a rabbi, an imam, and a Native American spiritual guide. A former offender joins the conversation as well, to speak to her experience finding religion while incarcerated.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 22 Jul 2013 16:42:24 +0000 Emily Woodbury & Charity Nebbe 24405 at Spirituality In Iowa Prisons Days Numbered for Iowa Penitentiary <p></p><p>One of the oldest records that Iowa still holds will be lost soon. That is when the earliest operating prison west of the Mississippi will he replaced by an all-new Iowa State penitentiary. We explore the history of the Fort Madison prison, with rare audio from WOI-TV, Sky TV and MSNBC.</p> Mon, 22 Jul 2013 10:30:00 +0000 Rick Fredericksen 24284 at Days Numbered for Iowa Penitentiary Growing Old and Dying in Prison <div>Our corrections series continues by examining what it is like to grow old and die in prison. Hear from an offender <span style="line-height: 1.5;">who works in a hospice program. He has helped 20 fellow inmates face the end of life behind bars. &nbsp;Host Ben Kieffer also talk with a 74-year-old inmate about growing old. &nbsp;You'll also get a tour of a hospice room at the I</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">owa Medical and Classification Center in Coralville. &nbsp;</span></div><div><p></p></div><p></p> Mon, 15 Jul 2013 18:09:16 +0000 Ben Kieffer, Ben Stanton & Katherine Perkins 24014 at Growing Old and Dying in Prison Parents In Prison <p>When a parent is sent to prison, the lives of his or her children are changed forever. Today on Talk of Iowa, Charity Nebbe hosts a discussion on parents in prison. Maintaining and creating healthy bonds, and breaking the cycle of incarceration.</p><p></p> Mon, 15 Jul 2013 17:53:09 +0000 Emily Woodbury & Charity Nebbe 24012 at Parents In Prison Iowa's Mandatory Minimum Sentencing & Special Courts <p>We continue our series on corrections in Iowa by talking about mandatory minimum sentences. What is the goal of mandatory sentences and how effective are they? What are their legal, social and economic impacts?</p><p>In the second half hour, host Ben Kieffer takes a look at Iowa’s special courts – drug courts and mental health courts, for example. We find out how they work differently than conventional courts, the case for how special courts save lives and money, and why several drug courts in the state have closed.</p><p></p> Mon, 08 Jul 2013 21:13:31 +0000 Emily Woodbury & Ben Kieffer 23633 at Iowa's Mandatory Minimum Sentencing & Special Courts Community Corrections in Iowa <p>Probation, parole, work release and other programs are designed to help offenders live as productive members of the community. Host Charity Nebbe continues Iowa Public Radio’s series exploring corrections in Iowa with a look at community corrections from the perspectives of offenders, parole and probation officers and volunteers.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 08 Jul 2013 18:35:35 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Sarah Boden 23617 at Community Corrections in Iowa Commutation, Skylark and the Innocence Project of Iowa <p>In the summer of 1974, Rasberry Williams shot and killed a Waterloo man over a $30 gambling debt.&nbsp; In April, Governor Terry Branstad granted Williams’ request for commutation, making him eligible for parole.&nbsp; We continue our corrections series by talking about when a life sentence should be reconsidered.&nbsp; Then, we learn about Skylark, which works with victims of domestic violence on commutation requests, and the Innocence Project of Iowa, which is about to file its first case.</p><p></p> Mon, 01 Jul 2013 20:29:13 +0000 Katherine Perkins & Ben Kieffer 23308 at Commutation, Skylark and the Innocence Project of Iowa Crime Victims' Needs <p>Many severe crimes alter a victim's life forever. People convicted of those crimes might be put behind bars for a very long time or even the rest of their lives. &nbsp;Join host Charity Nebbe&nbsp;who talks with victims about what they want--and don't want--from the people that committed crimes against them or their family members. &nbsp;Hear the story of one woman whose daughter was murdered and the personal journey she took getting ready to meet the murderer face-to-face ten years later.</p><p></p> Mon, 01 Jul 2013 20:24:08 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Ben Stanton 23307 at Crime Victims' Needs Does sex offender treatment work? <p></p><p>As we continue our series on corrections in Iowa…here's the second half of our report on sex offender treatment and monitoring. &nbsp;</p><p>About 1 in 8 inmates in Iowa's prison system are sex offenders, and many go through treatment while in prison. &nbsp;But does it work?</p> Tue, 25 Jun 2013 14:47:05 +0000 Sarah McCammon 22986 at Does sex offender treatment work? The Purpose of Prisons: Where Iowa Fits In <p>Why do we have prisons?&nbsp; Are they for retribution or rehabilitation or protection? Also, what are the strengths and weaknesses of Iowa's corrections system? Sarah McCammon steps in for Ben Kieffer to look at how prisons in Iowa stake up against prisons nationwide.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 20:33:23 +0000 Sarah McCammon, Katherine Perkins & Sarah Boden 22948 at The Purpose of Prisons: Where Iowa Fits In The Purpose of Iowa's Prisons <p>In our society when you break the law you will be punished, but our prison system is supposed to be about more than retribution.&nbsp; Today on Talk of Iowa, we begin our summer series exploring Iowa’s correctional system with a conversation about the purpose of prison… punishment, deterrence and rehabilitation.</p> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 19:28:30 +0000 Emily Woodbury & Charity Nebbe 22947 at The Purpose of Iowa's Prisons Treating Sex Offenders <p>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. &nbsp;Authorities say Michael Klunder abducted the girls and committed suicide later that day.</p><p>The fact that Klunder was free at all has prompted questions about how sex offenders are evaluated, treated and monitored.&nbsp;</p><p>This story begins a summer series examining Iowa's correctional system.</p> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 05:00:00 +0000 Sarah McCammon 22901 at Treating Sex Offenders