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Should violent felons be allowed to be home healthcare workers? Tell us what you think

TalkBackLAAn investigation by Times Sacramento Bureau Chief Evan Halper has found that violent felons are permitted to enter the homes of the frail and sick to perform healthcare services.

Scores of people convicted of crimes such as rape, elder abuse and assault with a deadly weapon are permitted to care for some of California's most vulnerable residents as part of the government's home health aide program.

Data provided by state officials show that at least 210 workers and applicants flagged by investigators as unsuitable to work in the program are nonetheless scheduled to resume or begin employment.

State and county investigators have not reported many whose backgrounds include violent crimes because the rules of the program, as interpreted by a judge earlier this year, permit felons to work as home care aides. Thousands of current workers have had no background checks.

Should there be greater restrictions? Share your views below.

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Felons should be allowed to break big rocks into small rocks...and work as construction workers...

Well, they're criminals, and you really can't trust them...They need to work where they can be supervised...

Violent Felons shouldn't be let out to do anything. Violent Felons shouldn't be let out period! Violent Felons should be left in prison with other Violent Felons.

Are you kidding me? Heck no!
When I hired In-home caregivers for my Mom, I had the candidates provide copies of SS#'s, Driver's License, recommendations, and any nursing certification. I also required them to go to the local Police Dept. for fingerprinting.... That keeps them honest and protects you in case they do something unsavory to the patient. Better to be safe... These people are in your home. Plus, you should bump up your home insurance to cover employees in the home... Cover your butt.

I guess felons would be busted with the fingerprints...
People, protect your loved ones!

I don't think that we want to have a blanket lifetime ban:

Would you tell the 50-year-old now-sober woman that because she pled guilty to "battery" -- for an isolated incident in which she slapped a friend, while she was drunk, more than 30 years before -- that for the rest of her life she's a "violent criminal" and therefore ineligible to help elderly, sick, or disabled people?

If a teenage male was convicted of "raping" his teenage girlfriend -- because there's three years and one month age difference between them, and the law only permits age differences up to two years and eleven months in his state -- should he really be considered a significant risk for the rest of his life? Do you really think that having dated a ninth grade girl when he was a senior means that he's likely to abuse an elderly man?

On the other hand, it might be reasonable and proportionate to exclude people who have a history of elder abuse, a current problem with substance abuse, or recent problems with opportunistic theft.

I think we need more judgment, and less mindless rules.

That's a braindead question. That's like saying, 'should pedophiles be put in charge of young children? The opportunity for abuse is overwhelming and extremely tempting for them. Especially, when caring for others that can't care for themselves, which is what in home care is about.

The clent/recipient of this home care should know about the prospective caregiver's criminal background and have veto power in the selection process. That background report should be something the client can access him/herself.

Home healthcare
Agencies who hire felons are most to blame for not doing thorough background checks.They just want money no matter how they get it.
It's really too bad because people would be much better at home than a nursing home.



why dont you take care of your parents?

there are only eight (8) states with a population greater than L.A.County, where 47% of those with a job are illegals using stolen social security numbers...

IT IS AGAINST THE LAW TO HIRE ILLEGALS... even if they have a pocket full of fraudulent I.D.s



Some home care aides are actual family members who are chosen by those who need them... so at least these people are aware about who is in their house. A felony can include offenses that are not violent though, so there are gray areas to this article. VIOLENT felons should be supervised.

Pedophiles and rapists should definitely not be allowed to go care for someone in their home. Just like I wouldn't allow my son to be alone with a priest in the church, I wouldn't allow my family member to be alone with someone who had a violent past. There are also a lot of so called law abiding citizens that I wouldn't trust.

I have to agree with NUH...

Absolutely not! We should check for legal stay in the country as well. Enough is enough. If we pay, we want safe and LEGAL employees.

I guess common sense would dictate that convicted violent criminals shouldn't be allowed anywhere near the vulnerable. How can this even be debated? It's like leaving the fox in charge of the chicken coop. It would seem the liablility would expose the government's home health aide program to massive lawsuits when your 89-year-old mother is raped and her identity stolen. Good grief.

Well my son is my in home care giver and he went to prison for violent crime in the 80's. he is my second caregiver the first passed a live scan and had great references even one from a high ranking CHP,Guess what he stole my house and cleaned out my bank account. On the other hand my son has stepped up and I have to say does a good job. I have a system of accountability where all four of my children know about my finances and it works. So while you you are critizing who does the work most of you have no clue what you are talking about.


I agree with the fingerprints thing... People with something to hide would not agree to it and therefore would not get the job. Most Long Term Care Ins. Companies require them. The state should too. Felons should not be allowed to provide home health care.

I lived in 6 or more foster homes and the one memory that stands out,
is how defenseless I was. There was no one to turn to if there was a
problem. You just had to grin and bear it. Can you imagine what it
must be like to be elderly and dependent upon someone who couldn't
care less or worse? Where they have almost free rein has how they
do their job? Who visits the aforementioned to make sure everything
is okay? No one. I hope the people who decide these things never
find themselves in the hands of an uncaring or thieving caretaker with
no one to turn to. It's not a pretty picture.

That's right we want corrupt politicians, police officers and every other white collar CEO's ripping us off..................

Q. Should violent felons be allowed to be home healthcare workers?

A. Only for other violent felons.

VIOLENT CRIMINALS should not be able to work around children
the elderly or alone with adults.
They lack the proper skills and ability to even stop themselves from
the act of VIOLENCE.
However there are criminals that are just in the system for sitting in
their vehicle waiting for a ride home but get a DUI and they are not
and LABEL all of them as VIOLENT CRIMINALS.
There are successful CRIMINALS IN THIS WORLD who were not VIOLENT
Be fair and considerate of others and start some kind of FREAK MEDIA out
of this STORY because yes there were 2oo and something VIOLENT criminals HIRED to care for the ELDERLY and that is not the FAULT of ANY OF US ok and in fact there are MANY MANY VERY VIOLENT CRIMINALS without a CONVICTION right now just WALKING DOWN THE STREET right past you every day on your way to WORK.
Some CRIMINALS go years and years before they get a conviction and are out there hurting people everyday!
People in your COMMUNITY should know who you HIRE and tell you whether that person is a VIOLENT DANGEROUS person or not I know that is how it used to be when I GREW UP so I hope this helps you come to a FAIR and DECENT opinion and SOLUTION.

Yes, convicted felons should not be allowed to work in home care. It sould be noted that about 200 are convicted felons out of thousands of home health care workers. Of course this very small percentage is way too high and the 200 or so felons need to be purged. Although small in numbers, this is a very important issue. However, this is not categorized as a major news story where the problem is widespread throughout the state.

It's just too obvious...people with a violent history should be nowhere near someone who is helpless. I'm surprised anyone at all would defend this.


Violent felons are people who commit crimes like rape, theft and assault. They have no business working in any capacity that allows them access to prey on weaker, ill persons in need of health care. In addition, these offenders have no business in the field of teaching where they have access to children and kids under 18 years of age. The facts are that people who commit violent crimes have a greater probability of committing another violent crime than those who do not commit violent crimes. Better to give these jobs to people who respect people and respect the law.

Clearly this system is broken and political correctness has gone to the extreme. Too sad that this has been allowed to happen .. The judge should be fired and the ruling reversed.
Vote them out!
We must look out for our children and our elders.
Take action.

This should NOT be allowed!!!!And don't forget the innocent babies and children in these "in-home" child care centers!!There are felon-adult men living in these so called safe havens for infants and toddlers!And at times, these criminals are left alone with children while the owner/operators are gone! I see this every day on my street in L.A. There are 3 facilities on my block alone...shame shame shame on the local counties and state agencies whose dollars are used to rent these homes and by flashy new cars for the people who run them!

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