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Minorities in Iowa Prisons: On the Monday, January 21 edition of The Iowa Journal

January 18, 2008

(Johnston, Iowa) – Monday’s episode of The Iowa Journal will examine the disproportionate number of minorities in Iowa’s prisons. The program airs Monday, January 21 at 6:30 p.m. It will be rebroadcast Friday, January 25 at 9:00 p.m. on statewide IPTV-Plus and will also be available online at Iptv.org.

 

Racial disparity in Iowa's prisions has been a problem for decades. Last year, a national study by the Sentencing Project revealed that in Iowa, African Americans are about 14% more likely to be incarcerated than whites when committing the same crimes. As a result, Iowa has the greatest black-to-white disparity in incarceration in the nation. Iowa Governor Chet Culver is determined to make inroads in alleviating this problem and issued an executive order in November 2007 that formalized the two-year Youth, Race, and Detention Task Force. While the problem is not only an issue of youth, it is believed that Iowa's juvenile justice system is a place to start offsetting the imbalances of many past generations.  This episode of The Iowa Journal discusses the challenges in fighting this situation. Guests for the show are David Goodson with Social Action, Inc. in Waterloo, and Brad Richardson with the University of Iowa’s Disproportionate Minority Contact Resource Center.

 

For more information about The Iowa Journal, visit www.iptv.org/iowajournal or call (515) 242-3146.

  

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 Iowa Public Television is Iowa's statewide public broadcasting network. IPTV provides quality, noncommercial programming to make a difference in the lives of Iowans. As one of the last locally controlled media enterprises in the state, IPTV is committed to telling Iowa's stories like no one else can. Our mission to educate, inform, enrich, and inspire Iowans enables IPTV to present an unequaled array of programs of lasting value to Iowans regardless of where they live or what they can afford. More than one million viewers a week turn to IPTV for programming that reflects a range of interests for Iowans in all demographic categories. Iowa Public Television stations include: Channel 11, Des Moines; Channel 12, Iowa City; Channel 21, Fort Dodge; Channel 24, Mason City; Channel 27, Sioux City; Channel 32, Waterloo; Channel 32, Council Bluffs; Channel 36, Davenport; Channel 36, Red Oak. IPTV-Digital stations include: Channel 11.1, Des Moines; Channel 12.1, Iowa City; Channel 21.1, Fort Dodge; Channel 24.1, Mason City; Channel 27.1, Sioux City; Channel 32.1, Waterloo; Channel 32.1, Council Bluffs; Channel 36.1, Red Oak; Channel 36.1, Davenport (coming soon).

For immediate release:
January 18, 2008

For information contact:
Kristen L. Gray
Director of Communications
kristen.gray@iptv.org
515-725-9703

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