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Unanimous Support for Courthouse Annex from County Candidates

In the video below, both candidates for County Attorney and all four candidates running for County Supervisor speak out in favor of the need for a Courthouse Annex. The video above is an excerpt from the Johnson County Attorney & Supervisor Candidate Forum on Monday May 12, 2014.

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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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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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FCC Forum / Workshop on Reforming Inmate Calling Services Rates

On December 28, 2012, the FCC released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in the matter of Rates for Interstate Inmate Calling Services to “consider whether changes to our rules are necessary to ensure just and reasonable [inmate calling services or ICS] rates for interstate, long distance calling at publicly- and privately-administered correctional facilities.” To gather […]

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“The War on Weed” – Vanguard Documentary (Video)

Summary. In “The War on Weed,” Christof Putzel travels coast to coast to investigate the bizarre range of marijuana laws and enforcement in America. In California, legalized medical marijuana has led to something of a free for all and the Feds are cracking down. In Colorado, medical marijuana is protected by the state constitution and […]

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Iowa City Police Plan New Recruitment Video

[Source: “Iowa City Police Pull Suddenly Controversial Recruitment Video,” KCRG, 29 March 2013, By Mark Carlson, Reporter] IOWA CITY, Iowa – Iowa City police have pulled a recruitment video from the internet after members of the community raised concerns about its content. The video had been on the police website for more than three years […]

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Satirical Documentary About the War on Drugs to be Released Globally on 26 June 2013: “How to Make Money Selling Drugs”

Summary. “How to Make Money Selling Drugs” is a documentary directed by Matthew Cooke that offers a critical examination of the War on Drugs. In some respects, the message is a reiteration of what’s already been said about the Drug War, by offering statistics on rising incarceration rates and calling for reforms of drug laws. […]

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The Death Penalty – An Interview with Sister Helen Prejean (NBS News Rachel Maddow 19 June 2013)

[Source: The Rachel Maddow Show, NBC News, 19 June 2013] Resources. Here are some resources for further reading and learning. Congregation of St. Joseph (Sister Helen Prejean is among those serving) Gregg v. Georgia, the 1976 Supreme Court Decision about the Death Penalty SisterHelen.org (website of Sister Helen) Sister Helen Prejean (Wikipedia Page) Transcript. Below […]

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Juvenile Justice Reform – “Every Child Deserves a Second Chance”

This short documentary explores the problems with the juvenile justice system and features young people that are trying to make change.

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“The Color of Justice” PBS Special About Connecticut’s Juvenile Justice System

A CPTV original documentary about Connecticut’s Juvenile Justice system. Statistics collected over 17 years indicate that minority children are treated more harshly than white children when it comes to sanctions within the Juvenile Justice system. The documentary looks at the disparities, the causes, and the solutions to this violation of children’s rights. And we look […]

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Juvenile Justice Reform – “Pay Now or Pay Later – Truancy in Washington State” (Video)

Truancy is a major issue in Washington state, and has been at the forefront of Washington Models for Change work since the program’s inception. Programs developed by Models for Change partners that offer alternatives to formal court processing of truant youth have shown promise, but funding for these programs through Washington state’s “Becca Laws” is […]

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“Education Under Arrest” – Juvenile Justice Reform PBS Report by Travis Smiley

National broadcaster, author, and advocate, Travis Smiley, explored the connection between schools with zero tolerance policies, the juvenile justice system, and the dropout rate among American teens—elements familiar to Models for Change programs across the nation. Interviewees, ranging from educators, law enforcement professionals, judges, youth advocates, and at-risk youth, examined the logic and research to […]

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Johnson County Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee Meeting on 5 June 2013

Summary. At the June 5 meeting of the Johnson County Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee the following topics were discussed. The agenda and audio will be available on the Johnson County Board of Supervisors Minutes page. Discussion regarding the process and planning to address critical needs of law enforcement and court services, including Sheriff’s and County […]

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Children of Promise One-On-One Mentoring Program

The video below is about the One-On-One Mentoring Program which is a mentoring initiative offered by Children of Promise. Learn More. The information below is from the Children of Promise website. [source] “One-on-One Mentoring serves Johnson and Linn Counties and matches one youth with one caring, adult mentor. Youth are eligible for this program if they have a […]

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Children of Promise, Foster Grandparent Program

The video below is about the Foster Grandparent Program which is a mentoring initiative offered by Children of Promise. Learn More The following information is from the Children of Promise website. [source] The Foster Grandparent Program serves Johnson, Jones, and Linn Counties and provides intergenerational opportunities for mature adults to mentor children in schools, community […]

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Police Building Respect and Positive Relationships With Local Youth

Effective and Personal Policing. To reduce administrative overhead and operating costs, it’s common for businesses, schools, healthcare providers, law enforcement, and other organizations to centralize services and standardize practices. However, a cookie cutter approach to providing services in a one-size-fits-all approach doesn’t treat people as individuals. This is where personalized services prove to be more effective. […]

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