Statement on Fireworks in Cedar Rapids

Fireworks use within Cedar Rapids has steadily increased over the past month. When state lawmakers placed the responsibility on cities to determine local fireworks regulations, Cedar Rapids city staff cautioned against permitting their use within the city. The council voted to allow their use. I believe in supporting our city staff and agree with enforcing

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Remembering the Flood of 2008

As the Cedar River crested on June 12, 2008, the City of Cedar Rapids was in a shock. Boats floated through streets where cars had been just a couple days before. We had just begun to experience the worst flood in our city’s history and were trying to figure out our next steps. For each

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A Boy Named Lowell

This is a story about a 4 year old boy named Lowell. Lowell was born with mental and physical disabilities, the 5th child among 8 siblings. When he was four his parents were told that Lowell could no longer be raised at home and would have to go to a state supported school for children

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Caseload Size in Probation and Parole

The failure to come to grips with standards for staff to offender ratios has resulted in nothing short of operational chaos, in some quarters, in the delivery of probation and parole services intended to enhance public safety and justice for all. Caseload Size in Probation and Parole Published in: American Probation and Parole Association By:

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Field Service Case Plans: Bane or Gain

Four Jurisdictions’ Experiences Striving for a comprehensive, objective, integrated, mission driven, outcome-based case management tool for probation and parole. Field Service Case Plans: Bane or Gain Published in: American Probation and Parole Association By: Gary Hinzman

Transforming Probation Through Leadership: “Broken Windows”

Either probation will be at the political and intellectual core of future policy-oriented efforts to promote public safety and offender rehabilitation in America, or it will continue to be widely devalued, ineffective and woefully under-funded. Transforming Probation Through Leadership: “Broken Windows” Published in: CCI – CENTER FOR CIVIC INNOVATION at the Manhattan Institute By: Gary

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Iowa’s Road to Community Justice, Solutions for a Safer Community

The State of Iowa has the nation’s first, and perhaps most unique, community based corrections system. In Iowa the community bases system has responsibility for all pretrial, pre-sentence, probation, parole, and pre and post institutional residential facilities.* Iowa’s Road to Community Justice, Solutions for a Safer Community Published in: American Probation and Parole Association By: 

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“Broken Windows” Probation: Transforming Community Supervision

It was and remains the vision of the “Broken Windows” model to place probation “at the table” when public safety and justice issues are debated and resolved. It is a vision that seeks to bind probation practitioners as valued community partners in working across the entire spectrum of local crime prevention, reduction and control. “Broken

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“Broken Windows” Probation: The Next Step in Fighting Crime

If the criminal justice system is going to keep violent crime on the run, it will need to do even more, beginning with a much better job of supervising the three million probationers in our midst. “Broken Windows” Probation: The Next Step in Fighting Crime Published in: CCI – CENTER FOR CIVIC INNOVATION at the

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