Woman Files Lawsuit Against State Over Iowa Juvenile Home

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DES MOINES, Iowa — An Iowa woman is suing the state, saying she was forced to spend hundreds of days in an isolation cell at the Iowa Juvenile Home in Toledo.

Twenty-year-old Jessica Turner says she spent 280 day of her 528 day stay in a cell.

She went there in 2011 at the age of 16 for two charges of assault. Upon arrival, she was diagnosed with several disorders including ADHD and mild mental retardation.

Turner claims she was kept in the cell for weeks at a time, all the time crying and telling staff she was in pain.

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She’s seeking unspecific monetary damages in the case.

Gov. Terry Branstad closed the Toledo Juvenile Home in January after reports surfaced about the facilities misuse of the isolation cells.


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