Governor Proposes Legislation Regarding Sex Offendors in Nursing Homes

In one state, the Governor has introduced a bill that would require residential care facilities in the state to issue notifications when registered sex offenders become residents of the facility. In addition, the bill would require such facilities to develop a safety plan regarding visitor, staff and other residents interactions with sex offenders.

The proposed legislation comes after an incident last August where an 83-year-old convicted sex offender who suffers from dementia, was caught assaulting a 95-year-old woman in a nursing home. The Department of Human Services in the state considering the legislation, estimates 55 registered sex offenders currently live in care facilities.

The legislation requires finding a balance between individual rights and community safety. Some facilities, may benefit from having special wings for registered sex offenders, says the governor. For more, read the story.

Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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