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

September 24, 2010 |  9:04 am

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.