State Senators Hold Hearing on Iowa Juvenile Home

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

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By Rachel Begle

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Former residents of the Iowa Juvenile Home will testify before lawmakers in the state Senate.

A hearing is scheduled for Wednesday about the home, located in Toledo, which closed last week. An investigation by The Des Moines Register last year revealed major problems at the home, including widespread use of seclusion cells.

Branstad announced in December that state officials would close the troubled facility by Jan. 16, relocate the children and lay off the staff of 93 employees. But Democratic lawmakers criticized the move, saying it could impact jobs and could mean kids are moved far from their families.

The president of Iowa's largest union and several Democratic lawmakers filed a lawsuit earlier this month to halt the closure.

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