On a strict party line vote, the Iowa Senate approved a Democratic bill calling for a facility for delinquent girls in Iowa comparable to the boy’s facility in Eldora. But Republicans say a state-run institution isn’t necessary, and the private sector can fill the need.
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 delinquent girls who used to be assigned to the home. The officers argue that Iowa needs a facility specifically for girls who’ve been in serious trouble with the law. Governor Branstad is at odds with the judicial branch.
Democrats in the Iowa Senate plan to introduce a bill to reopen the Iowa Juvenile Home in Toledo. Governor Branstad ordered the home closed after an investigation revealed that some girls were being held in long-term isolation. On Wednesday, a Senate committee heard testimony from former residents and staff, as well as Toledo boosters. Iowa Public Radio’s Joyce Russell reports:
Host Ben Kieffer gets the latest on news from around Iowa. 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. The DNR has a new report which looks at drought conditions in Iowa. Also, Dubuque native Brooks Wheelan joins the cast of "Saturday Night Live."
State lawmakers grilled administrators about illegal practices at the Iowa Juvenile Home in Toledo. Officials say they have turned things around since investigators last year found girls confined to isolation cells for months at a time. But the advocacy group which unveiled the abuse says there’s more work to be done.