In the summer of 1974, Rasberry Williams shot and killed a Waterloo man over a $30 gambling debt. In April, Governor Terry Branstad granted Williams’ request for commutation, making him eligible for parole. We continue our corrections series by talking about when a life sentence should be reconsidered. 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.
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. Join host Charity Nebbe who talks with victims about what they want--and don't want--from the people that committed crimes against them or their family members. 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.
In our society when you break the law you will be punished, but our prison system is supposed to be about more than retribution. 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.
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.