July 29, 2014 Newsletter

Vol. 5 #10 July 29, 2014

IOWA PRISON POPULATION, ADMISSIONS & RELEASES

FY2013

Prelim

FY2014

% Change FY2013-2014

New Court Commitment

1,995

2,054

3.0%

Probation Revocations

1,506

1,658

10.1%

Parole Returns

439

512

16.6%

Escape Returns

1

0

Work Release Returns

460

528

14.8%

OWI Facility Returns

87

47

-46.0%

Special Sentence Returns

64

64

0.0%

County Jail Holds

424

440

3.8%

Other Admissions

54

50

-7.4%

Total Admissions

5,030

5,353

6.4%

Release to Work Release

964

1,207

25.2%

Release to OWI Facility

161

132

-18.0%

Parole Releases

2,490

2,312

-7.1%

Release to Shock Probation

121

110

-9.1%

Escapes

1

1

Expiration of Sentence

1,097

1,052

-4.1%

Release to Special Sentence

138

172

24.6%

County Jail Holds

190

174

-8.4%

Other Final Discharges

16

34

112.5%

Other Releases

111

116

4.5%

Total Releases

5,289

5,310

0.4%

Ending Prison Population

8,074

8,117

0.5%

Prison Capacity

7,209

7,428

3.0%

Overcrowded by:

865

689

 

SAVE THE DATE

Developing Brain,

Developing Accountability:

Using Science to Direct Our Policy and Practice for Educating, Disciplining and Growing Our Children into Accountable Adults

September 29, 2014

Registration begins: 8:00 a.m. Conference concludes: 3:30 p.m.

Des Moines University, Olsen Center

The Brain Science is Clear

The youth brain is uniquely different than that of an adult. That reality has profound implications for how we educate, discipline and nurture our children in our schools, justice system and our community.

This conference will feature a series of brief, dynamic and interactive presentations from some of the leading experts in the field on this important topic. Learn what’s happening locally and, most important, learn what you can do to create a safe community where every child counts!

For more information, contact: Des Moines University, CME Lana Herteen, Blank Children’s Hospital (515) 271-1596 (515) 241-6726 cme@dmu.edu lana.herteen@unitypoint.org

To Register: www.dmu.edu/event/developingbrain/ Fee: $20; students free. Lunch provided. CEUs/CMEs pending.

 

From the Legislative Fiscal Division

A new Fiscal Update has been posted on the Legislature’s website. https://www.legis.iowa.gov/docs/publications/FU/401887.pdf This edition contains information on supplemental funding for the Dept. of Public Safety (page 4); reallocation of funding within the Dept. of Corrections (pages 8 & 9); staff and population reports of the DOC (page 10); and a report of the State Appeals Board (page 11).

Stun Guns

The Department of Public Safety received a supplemental appropriation of $1 million through the passage of House File 648 in 2013. With that appropriation the DPS purchased 482 stun guns “and necessary accessories” from “Ed Roehr and Associates”, which is TASER® International, for $640,000. That’s an individual price tag of $1,328 per unit. The TASER X2 Defender has an individual price tag of $1,399.99 if you want one for yourself.

DPS Commissioner Larry Noble has stated publically that Troopers and agents within his department will be properly trained. The training will combine TASER International’s program with additions made by the Department to include ethics.

The Iowa State Patrol will also use the remaining $360,000 to purchase rifles and Panasonic Arbitrators for patrol vehicles, which are on-board cameras.

Shifting DOC Money

The Department of Corrections will transfer money between correctional facilities and move some money to the Central Office. This amount includes $115,000 transferred from The Iowa Correctional Institute for Women at Mitchellville to the Central Office “to maintain payroll costs”. The reallocation of this money can be tracked by reading the Fiscal Update on pages 8 and 9.

Also on those pages, find information about the population and staffing of the Iowa Correctional System.

Board approves attorney fees

The State Appeal Board approved “$2,500 in attorney fees for a patient that sued the Department of Human Services (DHS) Civil Commitment Unit for Sexually Violent Offenders (CCUSO) in federal court. The basis of the lawsuit was the issuance of a disciplinary behavior report for failing a polygraph examination that violated the patient’s liberty interest. The settlement ends the use of disciplinary behavior reports for failing a polygraph examination. The use of polygraphs is retained; the CCUSO continues to issue disciplinary behavior reports for misconduct.”

 

 

 

Selected links:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/19/nyregion/staten-island-man-dies-after-he-is-put-in-chokehold-during-arrest.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&_r=0 Man’s Death After Chokehold Raises Old Issue for the Police. JOSEPH GOLDSTEIN and NATE SCHWEBER, New York Times. JULY 18, 2014.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/19/us/new-rule-permits-early-release-for-thousands-of-drug-offenders.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&_r=0 New Rule Permits Early Release for Thousands of Drug Offenders. MATT APUZZO. New York Times. JULY 18, 2014.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Pz3syET3DY, Satirical segment on Last Week Tonight with John Oliver on HBO. A humorous look at prisons in America.

http://thegazette.com/subject/opinion/staff-editorial/court-gets-it-right-on-sentencing-20140725 Court gets it right on sentencing. Cedar Rapids Gazette, July 25, 2014.

http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/opinion/editorials/2014/07/23/juvenile-mandatory-minimum-sentences/13030369/ The Register’s Editorial: Court is right on ‘mandatory minimums’ for juveniles. Des Moines Register, July 22. 2014.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Voices to be Heard is a support group for families and children of an incarcerated loved one. The group gathers to support and comfort those who know too well the grief that comes to those left behind when someone they love is incarcerated. The group meets on the first and third Tuesdays of the month at Union Park Methodist Church (East 12th & Guthrie in Des Moines) from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. The group brings in speakers, performs outreach, provide support groups and leadership classes. It is a good idea to contact Melissa ahead of time because the group provides dinner and a head count is preferred. Contact Melissa at 515/229-2645 for more information.

 

The next Friends of Iowa Women Prisoners meeting is at noon on Tues., July 15th at Wesley United Methodist Church, 800 East 12th.

MISSION: To bring together and inform individuals and groups concerned about women in the Iowa correctional system and to act on their behalf.

FIWP Mailing Address: Post Office Box 71272, Clive, IA 50325

In August we will continue a mental health theme with Teresa Bomhoff, chairperson of the Iowa Mental Health Planning Council and President of the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) of Greater Des Moines.

Teresa is a trained educator in the following NAMI programs – Family to Family, Provider Education, 30 Pearls, Hearing Voices, and Parents and Teachers as Allies. She has also completed the training course for Psychological First Aid, and is a trainer for Mental Health First Aid.

Bring your lunch. The place and time are consistent throughout the year. The meetings are always held on the third Tuesday of the month, and always held from noon to 1:00 pm at Wesley United Methodist Church located at 800 East 12th Street in Des Moines. The location is a block west of East High School. Please contact Vi for more information.

 

 

 

 

Justice Reform Consortium member organizations: Iowa CURE & Iowa Coalition 4 Juvenile Justice; Friends of Iowa Women Prisoners; Trinity United Methodist Church; Methodist Federation for Social Action; Voices to be Heard; ACLU of Iowa; Social Action Committee, Des Moines Presbytery; Des Moines Chapter of WILPF; American Friends Service Committee; Plymouth Congregational Church, Board of Christian Social Action; Iowa Annual Conference, UMC; Iowa NOW and Des Moines NOW; National Association of Social Workers; Beacon of Life; Citizens for Undoing Racism-War on Drugs Task Force.

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