(Des Moines) The Executive Director of "Disability Rights Iowa" is praising the Branstad Administration's decision to close the state juvenile home in Toledo.
Jane Hudson spoke at a public hearing on the state budget Monday in Des Moines. And she said that efforts to stop putting youths in isolation cells just weren't working.
"There has been success so far," stated Hudson. "One girl who was in isolation for a long time has been restraint free for about six months and has now been returned to public school. Another success story is that of a girl that had been living in isolation for a long, long time is now living in her own apartment with support, and is preparing to go to community college, so this is the right direction the state is going."
Hudson asked the Governor to appoint a task force to look at the state's entire juvenile justice system.
Iowa Radio Network
December 17, 2013