(Des Moines) A Polk County District Court Judge says Governor Terry Branstad has to reopen the state juvenile home that Branstad closed last month.
Judge Scott Rosenberg ruled the Governor didn’t have the authority to close the facility and skirt state law. Branstad says he ordered it closed after a report from the group Disability Rights Iowa reported a problem with the corrections culture at the juvenile home that found girls there being put in solitary confinement for over 44-thousand hours.
One of the people who sued to force the Governor to reopen the home is AFSCME Council 16 President Danny Homan. He says he believes the former inmates at the facility who testified before a legislative committee said they were helped in Toledo.
“Those young ladies, both that are currently there and those that just left, spoke very highly of the staff and how the staff had helped them,” stated Homan. “I just believe the Disability Rights of Iowa was wrong.”
Homan says he hopes the Governor will “quickly” recall laid off workers and reopen the juvenile home. The Governor’s Office says they’re reviewing the decision.
Iowa Radio Network
February 6, 2014