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Juvenile home target of undue scrutiny

August 27, 2013
Dean Fisher - State Representative , Times-Republican

The front page article on the Aug. 20 Times-Republican "Sodders calls for hearing on Toledo home" left the reader with some incorrect information regarding the Iowa Juvenile Home in Toledo. I wish to make sure the readers of the Times-Republican have accurate information. For the readers' background, the Iowa Juvenile Home (IJH) has been under media scrutiny over its use of seclusion rooms. These rooms are used for a variety of purposes, for safety when a juvenile is acting out harmfully to themselves or others, by request of the student who may feel safer in a secluded room, and for punishment when the student acts out in negative ways. It is the perceived excessive use of these rooms that raised concerns six months ago.



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