To State and Federal Governments
- Review sentencing and parole/release
policies that drive the burgeoning number of older prisoners to determine what
modifications could reduce the population of elderly prisoners without
appreciable risk to public safety.
To State and Federal Corrections
- Undertake a comprehensive analysis to
determine whether, and to what extent, older prisoners are being provided adequate
housing, medical care, and programs that respond to their unique needs and
vulnerabilities. Develop comprehensive plans for the current and projected
populations of older prisoners based on the needs assessment to protect their
- Review custody and security rules and their
implementation to ascertain which impose unnecessary hardship on older inmates
and adopt appropriate modifications to those rules. In conducting the review,
consult with older incarcerated men and women directly, through surveys or
- Provide training for corrections officers
working with older persons, including training in changing physical and mental
conditions, and appropriate means of communication.
- Monitor older prisoners to ensure they are
not being victimized, and take the potential for victimization into
consideration in housing decisions.
- Ensure that a senior official has the
specific responsibility for monitoring, assessing, and advocating for
improvements in confinement conditions for older prisoners.