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Felons, mentally ill live with seniors in Illinois nursing homes

A Chicago Tribune 3-part investigation by David Jackson and Gary Marx found elderly and disabled nursing home residents assaulted, raped and even murdered because Illinois has failed to manage the growing numbers of mentally ill felons admitted to nursing facilities. "More than any other state, Illinois relies heavily on nursing homes to house mentally ill patients, including those who have committed crimes." Current statistics show that mentally ill patients make up 15 percent of nursing home residents, and those convicted of felonies number 3,000.

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