House Democratic Leader Mark Smith Statement on District Court Ruling to Re-Open the Iowa Juvenile Home

“I’m pleased with the Court’s ruling today.  It was a terrible mistake to close the Iowa Juvenile Home and, as Branstad officials finally admitted yesterday, we know we need a facility in the state of Iowa for young women who need our help.

It’s time for the Governor to work with us on the bi-partisan bill offered in the Legislature that will not only improve our statewide assessment system for both boys and girls, but also create an accredited treatment center for females at the Iowa Juvenile Home location.”

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