(Des Moines) Iowa Governor Terry Branstad is reacting to a bill introduced this week in the State Senate which would create a new Iowa Juvenile Home in Toledo. The facility was recently closed after an investigation showed mistreatment of residents.
Branstad says he recognizes some people are unhappy the “status quo” isn’t continuing at the home. But, he said, “The status quo was not working for these kids and I think it would be a terrible mistake to go back and repeat the mistakes of the past.”
Branstad closed the facility in Toledo on January 15 following allegations that teens were improperly treated and denied a proper education. The home housed some of Iowa’s most troubled girls. The Governor says other institutions in the state can better serve the needs of teens previously housed in the home.
Iowa Radio Network