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Johnson County Supervisor and Attorney Candidate Awards

  All those who step forward and throw their hat in the ring with a desire to serve our community deserve our support. It’s daunting to be placed in the public eye and open for challenging questions and criticism. Assuming one ‘wins’ an election, the prize is a lot of hard work for not much pay. […]

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Johnson County Advances in Ranking Among Lowest Incarceration Rates

In October 2013, an assessment of the Johnson County jail average daily incarceration rate showed a steady decline over the past four years from an average of 162 down to a daily average of 139. On 12 May 2014, it was reported that the average daily incarceration rate for Johnson County has continued to drop and […]

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County Attorney Candidate Forum Video – 12 May 2014

This is a video excerpt from the Johnson County Attorney Candidates Forum sponsored by the Johnson County Task Force on Aging. The event was hosted at the Coralville Public Library on 12 May 2014 at 2PM.

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Meet the Candidates Videos – Johnson County Attorney Race

Below are videos of Janet Lyness and John Zimmerman, candidates for Johnson County Attorney. These videos are from Iowa City Channel 4. Janet Lyness * * * John Zimmerman

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National Police Week is 11-17 May 2014

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15th as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week. This year, National Police Week 2014 will be Sunday, May 11th through Saturday, May 17th. Learn more at PoliceWeek.org. Established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962, National […]

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Johnson County Attorney & Supervisor Candidate Forum on Monday May 12, 2014

  Event Summary The Johnson County Task Force on Aging will be hosting a candidate forum for those seeking the Johnson County Attorney and Supervisor positions. Event Details Date: Monday, May 12, 2014 Time: 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM Location: Coralville Public Library, 1401 5th St. Coralville, IA 52241. [Map] Event Video Click here for video of […]

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Public to weigh in on courthouse annex design

(Source: “Public to weigh in on courthouse annex design,” Iowa City Press-Citizen, 1:26 p.m. CDT May 7, 2014, Mitchell Schmidt) Johnson County officials have decided to give the public a conceptual look at a proposed courthouse annex before November ballots are cast. Johnson County elected officials and architects with Iowa City’s Neumann Monson Architects and […]

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This mentoring program results in a 44% drop in violent crimes

“[We need to make sure that] our criminal justice system doesn’t just function as a pipeline from underfunded schools to overcrowded jails.” ~ Barack Obama Learn more here http://www.whitehouse.gov/my-brothers-keeper

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Johnson County Attorney Race – Commentary by Greg Johnson

Friday, 2 May 2014 The Democratic Party nomination for Johnson County Attorney has gained much media attention, and plenty of involvement among local residents. I wanted to share some of my thoughts about the two candidates. Janet Lyness Two weeks ago I met with Janet Lyness to learn more about her campaign. Although I’d worked […]

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Iowa City Neighborhood Development Services Report

The Iowa City Neighborhood Development Services Report submitted on 24 April 2014. It was part of a 300 page packet of materials to be reviewed at a city council meeting. It is excerpted here from the packet for easy access.

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Juvenile Record Sealing Day

Johnson County, Iowa – On Friday, April 25, the Johnson County Youth Development Policy Board will host the First Annual Juvenile Records Sealing Day at the Johnson County Courthouse from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Members of the community may be eligible to have their juvenile delinquency records sealed if they are 18 years of […]

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County Attorney Race – Commentary by Rod Sullivan

(Source: Rod Sullivan Blog, 19 April 2014) The race is beginning to heat up in the contest for the Democratic Party nomination for County Attorney. In one corner, you have Janet Lyness, a 20+ year employee of the office who was elected County Attorney in 2006 and again in 2010. In the other corner, you […]

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Survey: Should police become more militarized?

MRAPs (mine resistant ambush protected) vehicles are the newest hand-me-downs to come from the military to law enforcement agencies in Iowa. The latest of seven MRAPs to arrive in Iowa was received last week by the Washington Police Department. (More…) Police departments in Mason City and Storm Lake also have received MRAPs, as well as sheriffs […]

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Citizens Police Review Board Community Forum

The Citizens Police Review Board will be holding its Annual Community Forum for the purpose of hearing Citizens’ views on the policies, practices and procedures of the Iowa City Police Department. DATE: Tuesday, May 13, 2013, TIME: 6:00 PM at LOCATION: Iowa City Public Library, Meeting Room A. 123 South Linn Street, Iowa City. Questions & […]

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Iowa City Considers Municipal Infractions in Lieu of Criminal Charges

City Council Work Session on 1 April 2014 City officials, local law enforcement, and the County have been exploring ways to eliminate criminal charges for a variety of alcohol related violations. The document below is a PDF to text copy of pages 5-8 in the original packet of documents that were presented as reference materials for a work […]

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Emergency Procedures Guide – Developed by the University of Iowa Police

The University of Iowa Police have announced a newly updated Emergency Procedures Guide. It is a generic strategy guide meant to provoke thought and discussion about your response to emergencies. There are actually two versions of the guide: one is meant to be viewed electronically and saved to any device, the other is meant to be […]

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Fed Commits $27.4 Billion Invested in Justice Reform

Yesterday, President Obama unveiled his $3.9 trillion 2015 budget proposal, which allocates $27.4 billion to justice programs. The President’s budget provides $115 million in continued support for Second Chance Act programs. This represents an important federal investment in evidence-based strategies to increase public safety and reduce recidivism by authorizing funding for the development and coordination […]

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Timely Warning: Police investigating assaults on taxi passengers

(The following announcement is being shared as a public service to broaden its distribution. Source: IowaNow by University of Iowa Police, 2014.02.17 | 12:00 PM.) The Iowa City Police Department is currently investigating three sexual assaults with adult female victims while they were passengers in taxi cabs. ICPD released the following information: The first incident was […]

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