JUVENILE HOME: Resident’s $500,000 Compensation Claim Denied

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The state of Iowa has rejected a request to pay $500,000 to a teenager who claims she spent nine months in isolation at the Iowa Juvenile Home.

According to the Des Moines Register, 19-year-old Jessica Turner alleges the state violated her constitutional rights by inflicting cruel and unusual punishment.

She says she was kept in the isolation room for consecutive weeks and repeatedly told the staff she was in pain.

Governor Branstad ordered the current home in Toledo to close in January following complaints about the use of those rooms.

The state appeal board denied Turner’s request for compensation.


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