FOR IMMMEDIATE RELEASE
News from Progress Michigan
October 31, 2017
Contact: Sam Inglot, 616-916-0574, [email protected]
Schuette Failing to Get Justice for Grand Rapids Veterans Home Residents
Charges have been dismissed against low-level employees
MICHIGAN — According to media reports, Attorney General Bill Schuette’s investigation into the abuses and lack of quality services at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans has resulted in charges being dismissed for eight of the 11 defendants. Schuette was criticized for delaying any sort of investigation into the abuses at the home and for only charging low-level employees at the facility. The charges were dropped by a Snyder-appointed judge.
“Since this facility was privatized, there have been problems and Bill Schuette was late to do anything about it. Not only did he drag his feet to act, he clearly didn’t come prepared and appears to have botched any attempts for justice,” said Lonnie Scott, executive director of Progress Michigan. “Privatization does not work and we’ve seen example after example in Michigan. Schuette has done nothing to hold the executives of these companies accountable, instead choosing to go after low-level employees — and even then, he can’t get charges to stick. Our veterans deserve the best care and Schuette has failed to punish those who shirked their duties.”