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JUVENILE HOME: Closing A Day Early

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The Iowa Juvenile Home is closing a day earlier than previously thought.

The last of the girls housed at the home in Toledo were moved out Tuesday, but the employees were scheduled to work until Thursday.

KWWL reports Wednesday morning State Troopers were on site changing locks — only allowing employees in to retrieve their belongings — and under supervision.

In December, the Department of Human Services announced it was closing the home after a task force was assembled to look into allegations that girls were kept in isolation rooms for months at a time. The task force found that treating youth at the home wasn’t cost effective, but did not recommend closing the home.

A lawsuit trying to prevent the closure was filed by AFSCME Iowa Council 61 president Danny Homan, Senator Jack Hatch, Senator Steve Sodders, Representative Mark Smith and Representative Pat Murphy. A judge has yet to rule in the case.

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