US: Aging Behind BarsJanuary 26, 2012
Photo Essay: Aging men and women are the most rapidly growing group in US prisons, and prison officials are hard-pressed to provide them appropriate housing and medical care. Many older prisoners remain incarcerated even though they are too old and infirm to threaten public safety if released.
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Aging men and women are the most rapidly growing group in US prisons, and prison officials are hard-pressed to provide them appropriate housing and medical care. Human Rights Watch has found that the number of state and federal prisoners age 65 or older grew at 15 times the rate of the overall prison population between 2007 and 2010. Among the reasons for the increase are long (including life) sentences that reflect “tough-on-crime” policies. Many older prisoners remain incarcerated even though they are too old and infirm to threaten public safety if released. Unless sentencing and release policies change, US prisons will increasingly resemble old age homes behind bars.
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