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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. Advertisements

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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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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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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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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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