courts http://iowapublicradio.org en Courts Oppose Closing Juvenile Home http://iowapublicradio.org/post/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 http://iowapublicradio.org Courts Oppose Closing Juvenile Home Reuniting Families Through Court http://iowapublicradio.org/post/reuniting-families-through-court <p>This segment of River to River features a volunteer-run court in Iowa - the Johnson County Family Treatment Court - that works with parents who suffer from substance abuse. Host Ben Keiffer sits down with a recent graduate of the court, a mother who formerly struggled with a meth addiction while trying to raise her son.</p> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 22:21:33 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Emily Woodbury 32138 at http://iowapublicradio.org Reuniting Families Through Court Jury Duty: The role of a juror http://iowapublicradio.org/post/jury-duty-role-juror <p>With George Zimmerman recently<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/14/us/george-zimmerman-verdict-trayvon-martin.html?pagewanted=all&amp;_r=0"> acquitted</a> of murder in the death Trayvon Martin host Ben Kieffer looks at the role juries play in the U.S. justice system.&nbsp; What are the origins of the jury and how have juries evolved over the centuries.&nbsp; Also, what does the recent flourish of media attention aimed at the jurors for the Zimmerman trial reveal and distort about jury duty?</p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 30 Jul 2013 19:26:00 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Sarah Boden 26644 at http://iowapublicradio.org Jury Duty: The role of a juror Iowa's Chief Justice Calls for More Funding, Staffing for Courts http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowas-chief-justice-calls-more-funding-staffing-courts <p></p><p>Iowa Chief Justice Mark Cady&nbsp;delivered his State of the Judiciary speech to a joint session of the Iowa Legislature Wednesday. He's calling for increased staffing in the court system, which has taken a hit in budget cuts in recent years.</p><p>Cady wants court offices around the state to stay open all week. Right now they close in the afternoons twice a week. He also tells lawmakers the state doesn’t have enough juvenile officers to reach all of Iowa’s children in need.</p> Thu, 17 Jan 2013 12:12:53 +0000 Clay Masters 13615 at http://iowapublicradio.org Iowa's Chief Justice Calls for More Funding, Staffing for Courts Dueling Bus Tours Launched http://iowapublicradio.org/post/dueling-bus-tours-launched <P></P> <H1>Two statewide bus tours begin in Des Moines with stops planned in more than a dozen communities.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; They’ll be promoting opposing views on whether Iowa Supreme Court Justice David Wiggins should stay on the court. &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</H1> Mon, 24 Sep 2012 11:54:41 +0000 Joyce Russell 8344 at http://iowapublicradio.org Dueling Bus Tours Launched Strip searches in Iowa: what's the law? http://iowapublicradio.org/post/strip-searches-iowa-whats-law <p>It seems like everybody&rsquo;s talking about strip searches these days. But as Iowa Public Radio&rsquo;s Kate Wells reports, strip searches for minor crimes are pretty limited in this state &ndash; or at least, they&rsquo;re supposed to be.</p> Wed, 11 Apr 2012 11:00:00 +0000 Kate Wells 803 at http://iowapublicradio.org Strip searches in Iowa: what's the law?