The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

National News

September 23, 2013

Iowa conceals troubling incidents

DES MOINES (AP) — Some troubling incidents at the Iowa juvenile home are being concealed in records state officials release to the public, according to a newspaper report.

The Des Moines Register reports the Iowa attorney general’s office tried to electronically black out details of abuse allegations, illegal restraints and other problems at the home in Toledo.

The newspaper discovered the details of what happened after copying and pasting the records into another file.

Register Publisher Rick Green says officials went too far because the hidden information helps show how the home was run and how kids were treated.

“Iowans expect and deserve full transparency from their state government, especially when public information casts the performance of state agencies or their employees in a questionable light,” Green said. “The disclosures here raise an important question: Who is the attorney general’s office trying to protect?

The Attorney General’s spokesman Geoff Greenwood says the information was blacked out because it revealed details of individual cases, and state law protects children’s privacy.

“Confidentiality under Iowa law extends beyond the name of the child,” Greenwood said. “It extends to the services provided to the child, the circumstances of the child, and medical and psychiatric information about the child.”

The home houses, treats and educates youths with serious behavioral problems. The federally funded group Disability Rights Iowa has been investigating allegations about the home’s treatment of children, including small, isolation rooms where some children have been held for weeks and months.

The newspaper did not identify individual children in the new records.

The newly disclosed incidents include a girl being physically restrained by a juvenile home staffer and the home’s staff withholding court-ordered substance abuse treatment.

On July 27, a girl who was sitting on her bed and reading refused to go to a seclusion room, so workers took her blankets away and then physically restrained her after the girl became aggressive. Then the girl was placed in a seclusion room.

Text Only
National News
  • Soldier convicted in WikiLeaks case gets new name

    An Army private convicted of leaking classified documents to WikiLeaks won an initial victory Wednesday to living as a woman when a Kansas judge granted a petition to change her name to Chelsea Elizabeth Manning.

    The decision clears the way for official changes to Manning's military records, but does not compel the military to treat the soldier previously known as Bradley Edward Manning as a woman.

    April 23, 2014

  • First lady announces one-stop job site for vets

    To help veterans leaving the military as it downsizes, the government on Wednesday started a one-stop job-shopping website for them to create resumes, connect with employers and become part of a database for companies to mine.

    April 23, 2014

  • 10 things to know for today

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

    April 23, 2014

  • Gacy Exhumation Cold Case [Duplicate] Gacy case helps solve unrelated death CHICAGO (AP) -- Four decades after John Wayne Gacy lured more than 30 young men and boys to his Chicago-area home and strangled them, his case has helped authorities solve another killing -- one he didn't commit. Investigators have identified the rem

    April 23, 2014 2 Photos

  • In cuffs... 'Warlock' in West Virginia accused of sexual assault

    Police in West Virginia say a man claiming to be a “warlock” used promises of magical spells to lure children into committing sexual acts with him.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • The top 12 government programs ever

    Which federal programs and policies succeed in being cost-effective and targeting those who need them most? These two tests are obvious: After all, why would we spend taxpayers' money on a program that isn't worth what it costs or helps those who do not need help?

    April 22, 2014

  • Courthouse violence unpredictable despite security

    When Utah's new federal courthouse opened last week, it came with security improvements that are becoming standard around the country: separate entrances and elevators for judges, defendants and the public; bullet-resistant glass and paneling; and vehicle barricades to keep car bombs at bay.

    Even the design of the courtrooms, with plenty of sunlight and space, can help calm witnesses or defendants in high-stress cases, some judges believe.

    April 22, 2014

  • McCain 1 House Republicans are more active on Twitter than Democrats

    Your representative in the House is almost certainly on Twitter. Your senator definitely is. But how are they using the social network? Are Democrats more active than Republicans, or vice versa? Who has the most followers on the Hill?

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • 10 things to know for today

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Tuesday:

    April 22, 2014

  • Stowaway teen forces review of airport security

    A 16-year-old boy scrambled over an airport fence, crossed a tarmac and climbed into a jetliner's wheel well, then flew for five freezing hours to Hawaii — a misadventure that forced authorities to take a hard look at the security system that protects the nation's airline fleet.

    The boy, who lives in Santa Clara, Calif., hopped out of the wheel well of a Boeing 767 on the Maui airport tarmac Sunday. Authorities found the high school student wandering the airport grounds with no identification. He was questioned by the FBI and taken by ambulance to a hospital, where he was found to be unharmed.

    April 21, 2014

AP Video
Facebook