The Witchita Eage reported that the Kansas legislature will attempt to pass legislation requiring nursing homes to notify residents if a convcited sexual predator is admitted. Opponents fear that HB 2583 would lead nursing homes to unlawfully turn offenders away, leaving aging offenders with no options. Laws that push offenders away may have played a role in how this issue made headlines in Kansas.
"An inspection of Wichita Nursing Center on South Hillside last August unearthed more than 50 violations, leading the Kansas Department on Aging to shut the home down. In the process, regulators also learned seven sex offenders lived there, a finding that surprised some state officials and spurred a discussion about how to notify people and provide safe residences.
An analysis by The Eagle later found 19 sex offenders living in nursing homes statewide."
"The proposed bill requires anyone on the Kansas Offender Registration list to tell nursing home owners and local law enforcement agencies that they’re on the list and planning to move in.
The registration list encompasses a wide range of crimes, including selling drugs, patronizing a prostitute, rape and murder. Less-severe crimes typically put offenders on the list for shorter periods of time, ranging from 15 years for buying sex to life for things like rape and kidnapping. "
Since 2004, 14 states have enacted laws to notify people, increase monitoring or segregate sex offenders. Few nursing homes have the staffing, training and security needed to deal with offenders. Felons have been in nursing homes for years. Now there’s a list of offenders. Some may be violent people coming out of prison, others may have been in the public for 25 years without an offense.