Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Prosecutors Vow to Seek Reform of Elder Care Law

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Prosecutors Vow to Seek Reform of Elder Care Law

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Three of the state's most prominent law enforcement officers Friday committed to support legislation during the 2018 Legislature that would expand the definition of criminal mistreatment of an elderly person.

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt and the district attorneys for Johnson and Sedgwick counties endorsed a proposal to include the infliction of physical injury, unreasonable confinement or unreasonable punishment in the state's legal definition of mistreatment.

Current state law prohibits financial abuse of an elderly person but not physical abuse, Schmidt said.

"As the population of senior citizens in Kansas continues to increase, we need to update our laws," the attorney general said. "It is important that our prosecutors have tools available to them to successfully prosecute those who take advantage of or abuse Kansas seniors. …

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