Friday, February 24, 2012

Report: Officials Fail to Investigate Abue of California's Most Vulnerable Residents

A caregiver feeds a patient at the
Lanterman Developmental Center
in Pomona.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California has assembled a unique police force to protect about 1,800 of its most vulnerable patients – men and women with cerebral palsy, severe autism and other mental disabilities who live in state institutions and require round-the-clock monitoring and protection from abuse.
But an investigation by California Watch has found that detectives and patrol officers at the state's five board-and-care institutions routinely fail to conduct basic police work even when patients die under mysterious circumstances.

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