The Governor of the state of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger has condemned the employment of convicts in a health program being run by the state health authorities. Mr. Schwarzenegger has stated the situation to be a public safety crisis.
Mr. Schwarzenegger felt that the appointment of felons for a job that involves the care of the most vulnerable Californian residents was definitely not appropriate. The Governor had made these statements while reading out a letter in the legislative assembly.
The comments were made following a report by The Times, which highlighted that convicts of felonies like rape, murder and abuse to elders were being compensated for the services they were about to provide to the ailing residents of California.
According to the data that has been provided by the officials of the state, there are currently 210 felons who are employed in the initiative, In Home Support Service Program (IHSS). A judge this year, however, regarding the situation had ruled that the system allowed felons to work in the program.
Mr. Schwarzenegger while speaking out and talking to the leaders of the legislature felt that no one in the legislature would allow a convicted rapist or a sex offender to work for their own daughter and grandmother in need of medical assistance. However, not changing the rules in the legislature would mean that they would allow convicts to serve somebody else’s family members needing medical attention.