Nursing Homes Being Used as Safe House's for Wanted Criminals

The Attorney General's office in one state has identified over 100 nursing home residents with active arrest warrants after several unannounced facility sweeps conducted in 2010. The state  began the sweeps of nursing homes after a Chicago Tribune investigation revealed the frequency of violent assaults were occurring in facilities that house high numbers of felons and younger psychiatric patients.

The sweeps were named "Operation Guardian.", which were lead by teams including health inspectors and other state regulators, police and state ombudsmen. Of the findings, roughly two-thirds of the warrants were not executed because they were from other states, and in some cases, the residents had mental or physical conditions that made arrests unreasonable, said the attorney general. There has however been 30 arrests of residents wanted for crimes ranging from burglary to battery, and 14 missing people have been identified. 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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