AMOS Heats Up Debate Over Race & Juvenile Justice in Iowa

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AMOS Heats Up Debate Over Race & Juvenile Justice in Iowa

Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Des Moines Register

Citing concerns about an exponential rise in juvenile filings and detention holds, clergy leaders of A Mid Iowa Strategy (AMOS) are calling on their County Supervisors to voteagainst increased funding for juvenile attorneys, calling it a “direct result of the more punitive approach” recently taken towards children. An editorial written by several clergy triggered a heated response by the County Attorney (both pieces included below).

AMOS advocates a return “to the best practice model the County Attorney’s office pioneered from 2006-2009” which made good use of “informal adjustments and alternatives to detentions for non-violent, non-repeat juvenile offenders.”

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