Michigan wants to create harsher penalties for elder abuse.
American seniors tend to be a vulnerable population for abuse and exploitation.
Many states are seeking to crack down on elder abuse.
According to a recent WZZM article titled “Lawmakers introduce tougher laws to protect vulnerable senior citizens,” Michigan is one such state.
Legislators hope to expand the felony penalty from those who “causes serious physical or serious mental harm to a vulnerable adult” to include those who “assault another person that he or she knows or reasonably should know is an elder adult or vulnerable adult” causing them “physical injury, pain or mental suffering.”
What would this penalty include?
The individual could be fund up to $5,000 or imprisoned for more than four years.
The bill will likely become law as it has bipartisan support and is timely.
A caregiver at Grand Rapids Home for Veterans was convicted of a misdemeanor for injuring a patient.
The hope is that the harsher penalties will better deter and punish those who harm seniors.
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Reference: WZZM (September 28, 2017) “Lawmakers introduce tougher laws to protect vulnerable senior citizens”