State Training School

The Iowa State Training School for Boys appears to be making progress and conforming to court ordered changes in the way it disciplines students, according to a report from an independent monitor.

The school was ordered to make changes last April after U.S. District Court Judge Stephanie Rose ruled that some of the institution's methods of punishment were akin to torture. In particular, the use of a restraining device know as "'the wrap' was found to inflict severe pain and suffering in an illegal manner intentionally designed to coerce students... By using the wrap in this manner, the school tortures its students." Solitary confinement practices were also found to be inhumane. 

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