The idea of building of facility for sex offenders in need of long-term care was presented to a legislative committee Tuesday afternoon. Lawmakers seek to address what continues to be a problem in Oklahoma: sex offenders being placed in nursing home and long-term care facilities.
Nursing home watchdog Wes Bledsoe (pictured) presented his latest findings on the number of registered sex offenders living in nursing and long-term care facilities.
"Thirty registered sex offenders currently reside in Oklahoma's long-term care facilities, a new record for Oklahoma," Bledsoe said.
Rep. Kris Steele, R-Shawnee, presented an interim study looking into a single sex- and violent-offender facility. The study was presented at a hearing of the Criminal Justice and Corrections Subcommittee meeting.
Bledsoe first introduced the idea of a separate facility two years ago at a health and human services-related committee hearing, chaired by Steele. But, the idea never made it out of the committee due to uncertainty among legislators as to how many sex offenders were living in long-term care facilities.
However, the mood in the Capitol seems to have changed.
"It was a complete turnaround from two years ago," Bledsoe said. "? Scott Cooper