Prisons Face Tough Choices With Aging Population


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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  • by Really Location: COS on Feb 27, 2012 at 08:21 PM
    And exactly what are they supposed to do to support themselves if they do let them out early since they have spent the majority of their lives in prison? They'll be pushing their walkers to rob a bank just so they can get back IN to prison! For most lifers, that is all they know... prison...Who is going to hire them due to their age,no job experience, and a prison record?
  • by Me on Jan 27, 2012 at 05:58 PM
    I'm going to commit a petty crime when I'm about 70 yrs old... 2 hots and a not, a bunk, unlimited sex with numerous partners, free medical and dental.
  • by Tax payer Location: Co on Jan 27, 2012 at 12:00 PM
    Dont worry gov. Hickenritter wants to let them all out. And he wants to close a bunch of prisons. Soon a child molester will be living around a corner near you! Or a robber down the street.....
    Thanks hickenlooper....
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      by me on Jan 29, 2012 at 02:14 PM in reply to Tax payer
      Soon?!?! What are you talking about! What planet are you living on! Better take a harder look around you because the realization is that they are already there! Sorry to be the bearer of bad news but it's the truth and you are on planet Earth.
  • by tom smithwick Location: 80918 on Jan 27, 2012 at 11:02 AM
    "He has made judges dependent on his will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries. He has erected a multitude of new offices, and sent hither swarms of officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance." Declaration of Independence, 1776
  • by tom smithwick Location: 80918 on Jan 27, 2012 at 10:48 AM
    You could legalize freedom and only imprison violent people who can-not bring justice to their victims on their own accord. "As of 2006, 49.3% of state prisoners, or 656,000 individuals, were incarcerated for non-violent crimes. As of 2008, 90.7% of federal prisoners, or 165,457 individuals, were incarcerated for non-violent offenses. Drug offenses account for two-thirds of the federal inmate population," from Wikipedia. Most prisoners did not commit crimes they are the victims of kidnapping. Look at how the system works. You can get jail for almost anything, try driving without state permission (license). Once imprisoned, you are added to a pool of slave laborers. If you license your vehicle, you are supporting slave labor, among other things ( This problem of geriatric prisoners is a symptom of a much larger issue, of which I have tried to outline. The short of it is the state imprisons too many people for make believe crimes.
  • by K on Jan 27, 2012 at 10:13 AM
    Well then heck. Why not commit a few murders when you are 54, then you can get medical release when you are too "old". Life means life, even if you are peeing in a bag, you are still alive, right?
  • by Anonymous on Jan 27, 2012 at 08:12 AM
    Don't worry, with the NDAA your prisons will cease to be comfortable and you will not have to have comitted a crime to be there.
  • by disgruntled taxpayer on Jan 27, 2012 at 07:33 AM
    lethal injection, get rid of em they did it and theyre wasting more space than the occupy people
  • by robert on Jan 27, 2012 at 07:26 AM
    Prisons aren't supposed to be comfortable if you can't do the time don't do the crime. Wow I wanna go to prison they're making it comfortable for me hell yes!
  • by Taxpayer on Jan 27, 2012 at 06:31 AM
    Another group that feels is entitle what a bunch of BS. With a young non-jailed population that is not the most productive or thriving I would like to know what local/state will do know. Since the money flowing from federal vs state is likely to be less as years come. I wonder if the state will just have to say f-it to the federal mandates and say no thank you to uncle sam.
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