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Senior citizens have become attractive targets for scams artists looking to earn easy money and can also be subject to physical victimization by caretakers. As the number of elderly citizens increases in the United States, due to the aging of the “baby boomer” generation, the greater the number of potential victims for scammers and abusers. (Sources: Associated Press, “9 Arrested in L.I. Nursing Home Probe Following Patient’s Death,” CBS, February 11, 2014 (http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/Long-Island-Nursing-Home-Neglect-Arrests-Patient-Death-244967291.html); S. Tisinger, “Elder Abuse Bills ‘Moving in the Right Direction,'” The Muscatine Journal, March 4, 2014 (https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/senate-bill/2747); Making Elder Financial Exploitation Cases Part of a Sustainable Practice; January 20, 2016 (http://publish.illinois.edu/elderlawjournal/files/2016/02/Andres.pdf)
Based on your reading of the criminal justice system to date from the assigned reading in week one and two, consider whether special punishment should be leveled against offenders who target vulnerable groups such as the elderly? How can we better inform potential victims of the threats against them, particularly if this group is less likely to be engaged in technology and the internet than younger people are?