Judge Orders State to Reopen Iowa Juvenile Home

The Iowa Juvenile Home in Toledo is scheduled to close. (WATERLOO COURIER PHOTO)

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By Kayleigh Milas

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A district court judge has ordered the state to reopen the Iowa Juvenile Home, telling Gov. Terry Branstad he cannot change laws enacted by the Legislature and pointedly telling the executive branch of state government it "cannot unilaterally decide which laws to obey and which laws it will not."

Judge Scott Rosenberg ordered the state on Wednesday to reopen the home in Toledo and use funds the Legislature approved to operate it.

Branstad closed the facility in January following allegations that teens were improperly treated and denied a proper education.

Four Democrats, two from the Senate and two from the House, sued Branstad to keep the home open.

The 21 girls who had been living at the home now live elsewhere.

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