Ever think where many of the violent criminals crowding our jail system will go when they are done serving their sentence? Unfortunately, many convicted felons will spend their senior years in a nursing home intermixed with the general population. For many convicts, their mingling with other senior in a non-restrictive environment is their first exposure to freedom.
Age has not softened the criminal propensities of many criminals. According to Wes Bledsoe, founder of A Perfect Cause, estimates that convicted felons living in nursing homes account for more than 60, murders, rapes and assaults to other nursing home residents living among them each year.
Currently, there is little regulation at a state or federal level to keep tabs on aging criminals. Many of the elderly criminals have been released into the general population before the development of sex offender data bases or other tracking methods were developed.
Oklahoma nursing home residents are one step closer to living in safety as state officials move closer forward in the construction of a nursing home dedicated to the housing of convicted sex offenders. The nursing home for ‘elderly felons’ would have special provisions such as 24-hour security to protect the residents as well as the general public.
This is a welcome concept whose time has come. Nursing home residents deserve to live in safety and free from violence. Unfortunately, this concept of segregated nursing homes for violent offenders is still years away from national availability. In the meantime, nursing home should conduct background checks and surveys to help in identifying potentially violent residents. Further, nursing home staff should always be on the look out for any violent or aggressive behavior in their facilities.
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