Official says Iowa needs plan for delinquent girls

A top aide to Gov. Terry Branstad says the state still needs a plan for how to best treat the state's most troubled girls in the wake of closing the Iowa Juvenile Home.

Department of Human Services Director Charles Palmer told members of the Senate Human Resources Committee Monday that the state should provide at least 20 beds for delinquent girls. A spokeswoman said he planned to put out a more detailed proposal soon.

Branstad closed the facility in Toledo on Jan. 15 following allegations that teens were improperly treated and denied a proper education. The home housed some of Iowa's most troubled girls.

Democratic lawmakers announced a plan last week to file legislation in an effort to reopen the home, which would include an overhaul of the facility's programming.

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