ISOLATION CELLS: Task Force Won’t Get Personal Records

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A new report shows an effort to hide allegations of abuse and allegations that illegal restraints were being used at the Iowa Juvenile Home.

Gov. Branstad has assembled a task force to investigate those allegations but it won’t have access to individual cases.

The Des Moines Register reports that 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 Attorney General’s office says the information was blacked out state law protects the children’s privacy.

Governor Branstad says under state and federal laws this information needs to be kept confidential.

“These are some of the most troubled children we have in the state. I want to make sure that their rights are protected and their identity. Even if you don’t release the name – remember you only have 38 children at this home – conditions about the individual, it may make it easier for people to identify the persons,” Gov. Branstad said.

The governor says he is concerned for how the children are treated, which is why he organized the task force to find ways to improve those conditions.

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