Does state still offer placement of last resort?

Over the past 19 years, Iowa has seen a 73 percent reduction in the number of available beds for adult psychiatric patients, resulting in more mentally ill Iowans being sent to jail. The Iowa Department of Corrections estimates 41 percent of inmates have mental illnesses.

Source: The Des Moines Register

Posted on: July 1, 2013

Treating Sex Offenders — First in a series

The Mt. Pleasant Correctional Facility houses up to 500 sex offenders at a time, but treatment programs only have space for about 150 prisoners. The recent abduction of two girls from Dayton, Iowa led to questions about how sex offenders are treated and evaluated in prison. Michael Klunder, who allegedly abducted the two girls before committing suicide, was a convicted sex offender who’d served nearly two decades in prison.

Source: Iowa Public Radio

Posted on: June 24, 2013