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Iowa Juvenile Home moving forward, officials say

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It's all about moving forward at the state-run Iowa Juvenile Home.

Mark Day, the new interim superintendent, said that situations inside the facility could have been handled differently 12 months ago.

Day admits that teenagers were held in isolation cells for 4,000 - 5,000 total hours per month. Since he took over in late February, teenagers are spending just 540 total hours per month inside isolation cells. 

Day said isolation cells are used purely for the interruption of aggressive or violent behavior.

Reports first surfaced in November 2012 that teenagers were spending months at a time in isolation.

Shortly after those reports, Deb Hanus, the superintendent of the home, retired. The facility's clinical director also resigned.

Day said their numbers have improved dramatically and it is a much healthier campus.

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