May 1, 2011 12:01 AM

Safeguards ignored in string of assisted living tragedies

Assisted living facilities were established more than a quarter-century ago in landmark legislation to provide shelter and sweeping protections to some of Florida's most vulnerable citizens: the elderly and mentally ill. But a McClatchy investigation found the safeguards once hailed as the most progressive in the nation have been ignored in a string of tragedies never before revealed to the public.

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