should ex-cons be allowed to wrok in a nursing home?

@tohot666 (300)
United States
January 13, 2007 10:50pm CST
This question came up at work. I was wondering your opinion.
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@emeraldisle (13158)
• United States
15 Jan 07
I have to agree with the majority here that it depends a lot on what they were convicted of and when. Let's face it if they were convicted for a fist fight when they were 18, they did a few years, and they are now 58 with nothing else on their record I'd say they learned their lesson and deserve the chance. However a violent crime recently is another story. Also there are non-violent crimes out there and if that is the case then I don't see where it would matter.
@Inklings (1257)
• United States
14 Jan 07
Good question! In my opinion, it would depend largely on their crime. If they have a violent past, then definitely no. If, however, they were convicted of a financial crime or other action that wouldn't pose risks to patients, then maybe. It's a hard decision because while everyone needs the opportunity to make good, where do we draw the line when it comes to placing ex-cons back into society. I guess it would have to be decided on a case-by-case basis.
@lauriefnp (5113)
• United States
14 Jan 07
This is a really tough one, but I think that I would say no. There should be a law prohibiting anyone who was convicted of a felony, which is a more serious crime, from working directly with frail elderly people. It is our job in this society to protect these people, and I don't think that it would be worth the risk to give ex-cons access to people with physical and mental disabilities; the elderly would be too easy of a target for crime.
• United States
14 Jan 07
I think it depends on the kind of crime they have been accused/ found guilty of.