Effort to require cameras in facilities for disabled stalls

June 18, 2018 - 3:34 pm

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A proposal to require video cameras in common areas of residential facilities for the disabled has stalled in Albany, despite several cases of abuse and neglect that could have been caught on camera.

The bill requiring video cameras isn't expected to get a vote before lawmakers adjourn for the year on Wednesday. Several agencies and groups providing care for the disabled oppose the idea, saying cameras would violate their clients' privacy.

Last year the state paid $3 million to the family of a boy repeatedly molested by a staffer at a state-run group home, sometimes in common areas.

Another state-regulated group home paid $450,000 this year to the family of a boy who used his own PlayStation to record a caregiver threatening to kill him.

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