Juvenile Justice

Juvenile Justice, Restorative Justice Circles, School Police, Liz Hall

AMOS Juvenile Justice Strategy Reduces Arrests and Expulsions

Monday, July 18, 2016
Des Moines Register

Thanks to persistent intervention by AMOS leaders, Polk County school officials and law enforcement appear to be keeping more children and older minors out of court.


Criminal Justice, Juvenile Justice, Project IOWA, Job Training, Organizing in Iowa

AMOS' Top Ten 2014 Achievements

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Restorative Justice, Juvenile Justice, Organizing in the Midwest, AMOS, Paul Turner

AMOS' Restorative Justice Efforts Yield Initial Results

Monday, November 4, 2013
Des Moines Register

The night before finals week of his junior year of high school, Alec Neumann wasn’t home studying, and he wasn’t at the church group meeting where he told his parents he would be. Instead, he was sitting on a curb in Waukee, trying to process the fact that he’d just been apprehended for shoplifting...


Juvenile Justice, Racial Justice, Organizing in the Mid-West, Paul Turner, Restorative Justice

AMOS Backs Polk Courthouse Renovations

Saturday, October 19, 2013
Des Moines Register

A community organization of faith and advocacy groups has endorsed Polk County’s proposed $81 million courthouse renovation.  A Mid-Iowa Organizing Strategy, or AMOS, announced its support Saturday. The three-phase plan to expand the courthouse space ...presented at AMOS’s restorative justice conference by former Polk County Supervisor Martha Willits, includes a number of recommendations AMOS made for the design.


Organizing in the Midwest, Juvenile Justice, Prisons, Hyper-Incarceration, Racial Justice

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 increase


Restorative Justice, Juvenile Justice, Youth Intervention

AMOS Helps Keep Youth Out of the Court System

Sunday, March 24, 2013
Des Moines Register

“Cy was a choir director, community leader and maker of fine clocks. When I knew him, he was 80 years old and lay leader of the church I served.  One snowy morning, he came to my office and simply said, ‘We have to go to Albert Lea.’  I said, ‘That is in Minnesota, and they have lots of snow.’