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Crime, Justice and Public Safety
7:54 am
Wed March 4, 2015

Bill to Increase Speed Limit Running on Empty

Interstate 280 in Iowa.
Flickr / Doug Kerr

A bill raising Iowa’s interstate speed limit from 70 to 75 miles per hour didn’t get voted on in the Senate Transportation Committee Tuesday.

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Crime, Justice and Public Safety
7:54 am
Wed March 4, 2015

Legislation Cracks Down on Texting While Driving

A senate committee has passed a bill banning texting while driving.
Flickr / Lord Jim

A bill that aims to curtail distracted driving passed out of the Iowa Senate Transportation Committee Tuesday.

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Crime, Justice and Public Safety
6:25 am
Wed March 4, 2015

Gun Rights Bill Advances

Nathan Gibson and daughters Meredith, 11, and Natalie, 9, lobbying for child gun possession
Joyce Russell/IPR

A wide-ranging firearms bill cleared a bipartisan panel in the Republican-controlled Iowa House.

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Crime, Justice and Public Safety
5:03 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

Iowa Senate to Vote on New Protections for Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Victims

Flickr / Hibr

A bill in the Iowa Senate aims to expand the legal protections of domestic violence victims.

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Crime, Justice and Public Safety
11:39 am
Tue February 24, 2015

Iowa Senate Mulls Juvenile Sentencing

Barbed wire fence at the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women in Mitchellville.

A subcommittee in the Iowa Senate chose not to pass the current version of a juvenile sentencing bill, but instead are looking for suggestions on how to improve the legislation. 

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Crime, Justice and Public Safety
2:19 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

High Court Says Attorney Must Pay Speeding Ticket

The city of Sioux City is one of several Iowa municipalities to use traffic cameras.
Flickr / Dr. Warner

The Iowa Supreme Court says it’s legal for cities to issue tickets to vehicle owners using traffic cameras.

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Crime, Justice and Public Safety
4:50 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

High Court Says Defendant's Good Deed Didn't Sway Jury's Opinion of Codefendant

Illustration by Eric Molinsky
Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction

The Iowa Supreme Court says the good deed of one defendant did not unfairly sway the jury's opinion of his codefendant. 

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Crime, Justice and Public Safety
4:24 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Corrections Director: I'm Embarrassed by Prison Delays

Iowa State Penitentiary
Iowa Public Radio

Iowa’s top prison official was in the hot seat at the Capitol.   

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Crime, Justice and Public Safety
2:53 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Iowa's Chief Justice Wants to End Racial Disparity

Iowa Judicial Branch Building in Des Moines, May 17, 2013.
John Pemble

Chief Justice Mark Cady of the Iowa Supreme Court says Iowa’s criminal justice system is marked by racial disparities.

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Crime, Justice and Public Safety
3:53 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Iowa Supreme Court Gives Inmates More Control of Wages

Pews and other church furnishings are one of the products manufactured by inmates through the Iowa Prisons Industries program.
Iowa Prison Industries

The Iowa Supreme Court says inmates can increase payments for court-ordered restitution, even if the amount they pay to the Iowa Department of Corrections is reduced. 

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Crime, Justice and Public Safety
1:15 pm
Wed December 31, 2014

Traffic Fatalities Slightly Higher in 2014

A crashed vehicle on the side of I80 in Iowa.

The Iowa Department of Transportation is reporting 321 traffic related deaths in 2014, or four more than last year.

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Crime, Justice and Public Safety
5:22 pm
Tue December 30, 2014

Court Sends Ex Cop Back to Prison, He Appeals

Pictured above is an ASP baton. Former officer Mersed Dautovic beat Octavius Bonds with a baton on September 12, 2008.
Wikipedia/Dmg ie

A former Des Moines police officer, who was convicted in 2012 of using excessive force, has appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court in hopes of not returning to prison.

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River to River
2:53 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Controversial Rolling Stone Article May Discourage Reports of Sexual Assault

Protesters at the Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity after the initial release of Rolling Stone's UVA piece
Bob Mical

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.

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River to River
5:19 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Practices Detailed in Torture Report "not evidence-based"

Truthout.org / flickr

The U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee report on torture contains some very grisly findings, detailing CIA interrogation techniques, like mock execution and sleep deprivation.

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Crime, Justice and Public Safety
3:40 pm
Sat December 13, 2014

Homeowners, Not Banks and Developers Get Warranty Protections

DerekA

Iowa Supreme Court ruled Friday, only individual homeowners are protected under the Warranty of Workmanlike Construction, which holds builder venders accountable for shoddy workmanship.

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Crime, Justice and Public Safety
4:45 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Nobel Laureate Has Iowa Friends

Kailash Satyarthi, children's rights activist and 2014 Nobel Peace Prize laureate.
Comissão de Educação, Cultura e Esporte

One of the two laureates receiving the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize for his work in children’s rights was nominated by U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin.

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Crime, Justice and Public Safety
5:26 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Iowa Driver's License Goes Virtual

Iowa Department of Transportation director Paul Trombino explains the state's new digital driver's licesnes, which will be available next year.
Joyce Russell/IPR

Iowa motorists will soon be able to show identification by pulling out a cellphone.

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Crime, Justice and Public Safety
11:52 am
Sat December 6, 2014

Limits on Expert Witness Testimony

Joe Gratz

The Iowa Supreme Court says expert witnesses cannot testify to a victim's credibility.

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Hash Oil Arrives
11:43 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Illegal Hash Oil Smoked in E-Cigarettes

Steve Lukan
Joyce Russell/IPR

Iowa’s top drug enforcement official says a new marijuana derivative is showing up in Iowa.

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River to River
4:37 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Elder Financial Abuse Cost Eldora Resident His Life Savings

Although believed to be underreported, it's estimated that seniors lose approximately $2.6 billion per year due to financial abuse
Daniel Foster

While it often goes unreported, elder financial abuse costs older Americans 2 to 3 billion dollars per year.

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River to River
10:43 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Iowa Prison Population Likely to Increase

Mitchellville, Iowa
Emily Woodbury

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."

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Crime, Justice and Public Safety
4:28 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

High Court Strenghtens Right Of Attorney-Client Privilege

Joe Gratz

The Iowa Supreme Court agrees the legal rights of a man arrested for drunk driving were violated when the arresting officer failed to fully explain attorney-client privilege.

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Crime, Justice and Public Safety
4:04 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Iowa Supreme Court Defines Harassment

Twentyfour Students

The Iowa Supreme Court has clarified what constitutes harassment in the state. The court says a harasser must purposely seek out the victim to commit the offense.  

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Crime, Justice and Public Safety
8:47 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Fewer Meth Labs, But More Meth

A meth pipe.
michelle.irish

An annual report to the Iowa legislature and governor shows an increase in the amounts, potency, and use of methamphetamine in Iowa.

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Crime, Justice and Public Safety
4:29 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Iowa Felon Sues Governor

Joe Gratz

An Iowa woman and the ACLU are suing Iowa officials, including Gov. Terry Branstad, for the right to vote. 

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Crime, Justice and Public Safety
2:06 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Video Testimony Not Constitutional

Iowa Judicial Branch Building in Des Moines.
Credit John Pemble / Iowa Public Radio

The Iowa Supreme Court ruled today remote, two-way video testimony is an inadequate substitute for live, in-person testimony. 

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Crime, Justice and Public Safety
10:15 am
Fri October 17, 2014

U.S. Supreme Court: "There's far more agreement than is commonly understood"

U.S. Supreme Court building
Jeff Kubina / flickr

Has the U.S. Supreme Court become a partisan institution? According to polls, many Americans think so.

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Crime, Justice and Public Safety
5:24 am
Thu September 11, 2014

The Constitutional Right to Confront

Iowa Judicial Branch Building in Des Moines, May 17, 2013.
John Pemble

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.

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Crime, Justice and Public Safety
1:32 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Mandatory Bar Exam Survives

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.

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Crime, Justice and Public Safety
3:28 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

UNI Seeks to Recover Funds in Investment Fraud

Photo by Fried Dough

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. 

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