Toledo en Parties Spar Over Juvenile Home Bill <p>On a strict party line vote, the Iowa Senate &nbsp;approved a Democratic bill calling for a facility for delinquent girls in Iowa comparable to the boy’s facility in Eldora.&nbsp; But &nbsp;Republicans say a state-run institution &nbsp;isn’t necessary, and the private sector can fill the need. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 23:08:01 +0000 Joyce Russell 36898 at Parties Spar Over Juvenile Home Bill Courts Oppose Closing Juvenile Home <p>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&nbsp; delinquent girls who used to be assigned to the home.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The officers argue that Iowa needs a facility specifically for&nbsp; girls who’ve been in serious trouble with the law.&nbsp; Governor Branstad is at odds with the judicial branch.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 17:17:13 +0000 Joyce Russell 35616 at Courts Oppose Closing Juvenile Home Lawmakers Hear from Former Juvenile Home Residents, Employees <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Democrats in the Iowa Senate plan to introduce a bill to reopen the Iowa Juvenile Home in Toledo.&nbsp;&nbsp; Governor Branstad ordered the home closed after an&nbsp; investigation revealed that some girls were being held in long-term isolation.&nbsp;&nbsp; On Wednesday, a Senate committee heard testimony from former residents and staff, as well as Toledo boosters. &nbsp;Iowa Public Radio’s Joyce Russell reports:</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 11:53:20 +0000 Joyce Russell 35213 at Lawmakers Hear from Former Juvenile Home Residents, Employees News Buzz <p>Host Ben Kieffer gets the latest on news from around Iowa.&nbsp; MidAmerican Energy gives an update on the power outage which left almost 40,000 Des Moines-area residents in the dark. IPR's Joyce Russell discusses changes to the problematic Toledo Juvenile Home.&nbsp; The DNR has a new report which looks at drought conditions in Iowa.&nbsp; Also, Dubuque native Brooks Wheelan joins the cast of "Saturday Night Live."</p><p></p> Fri, 20 Sep 2013 20:39:43 +0000 Ben Kieffer, Sarah Boden & Emily Woodbury 29416 at News Buzz Questions Remain at Juvenile Home <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">State lawmakers&nbsp;</span>grilled administrators about illegal practices at the Iowa Juvenile &nbsp;Home in Toledo.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Officials say they have turned things around &nbsp;since investigators last year found girls confined to isolation cells for months at a time.&nbsp; But the advocacy group which unveiled the abuse says there’s more work to be done. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 22:42:17 +0000 Joyce Russell 29247 at Questions Remain at Juvenile Home