Records Show More Seclusion at Iowa Juvenile Home


By Larry Burkum

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - State records show the Iowa Juvenile Home continued to keep children in isolation cells for extended periods despite concerns raised by advocacy groups and several investigations.

The Des Moines Register reports youths at the Toledo facility spent a total of 365 hours in seclusion in October. That's more than four times the 80 hours logged in September.

Disability Rights Iowa, which first investigated the home's practices a year ago, says it visited the facility in October and found a youth had been in seclusion for 111 hours.

Amy Lorentzen McCoy, spokeswoman for the Iowa Department of Human Services, did not immediately respond to a message left Wednesday.

Gov. Terry Branstad announced Monday that state officials will close the facility by January, transfer the children and lay off the staff.
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