ELDERLY OFFENDERS: Lawmakers Discuss Extended Care

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State lawmakers are trying to figure out what to do with elderly sex offenders who need extended care.

Lawmakers have proposed letting private nursing homes or assisted living facilities refuse to care for the most dangerous sex offenders after they have been released from prison, but that could mean state facilities would have to shoulder the cost and responsibilities instead.

State Representative Bruce Hunter expressed his frustration about the Department of Human Services lack of an alternative plan.

“You have no recommendations, still have no recommendations. That is what this bill is addressing, if you’ve got a better idea, I want a recommendation, not just that we can’t do it,” he said.

Lawmakers tried and failed to resolve this same issue last session.

The efforts come on the heels of a 2011 incident in which an 83-year-old sex offender sexually assaulted a fellow nursing home resident.