Prisons Face Tough Choices With Aging Population

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The number of aging prison inmates is growing, leaving prisons to make decisions about how to accommodate.

Prisons across the country are considering geriatric units, hospices, and medical parole. But in a time where states are slashing budgets, there may not be enough money to spend on revamping prisons for its elderly population.

Decision makers are now taking a close look at whether it's safe to release older inmates early.

Numbers from 2010 show that 8 percent of the prison population was 55 or older, compared to 3 percent in 1995.

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