Aging Behind Bars:The Rise Of The Elderly Prison Population

Aging Prisoners
Source: Criminal Justice Degree Hub

7 thoughts on “Aging Behind Bars:The Rise Of The Elderly Prison Population

  • kelly

    Very interesting.
    The financials especially.

  • Mary Brookman

    What is the cost of releasing inmates to home incarceration with monitoring ankle bracelets? Or is this not a logical option?

  • Lee Lofland

    I’m not sure of an exact total, but there are the fees to a monitoring company, a probation officer is still assigned to the offender, and he/she makes home visits as well as seeing the person in their office. Then there’s the paperwork, the court fees, a judge’s time, the clerk’s time, etc.

    Still, it’s a cheaper alternative because the offender is then responsible for his own hospital bill…oh, wait, he won’t have insurance, and he won’t be able to get a job because he’s an ex-con. So now taxpayers will then have to absorb the hospital and doctor’s fees AND they’ll have to handle the costs of the monitoring, the probation officer, and…

  • Jeff

    Alarming. Makes me really wonder what the future looks like for all of us.

  • Mary Brookman

    Lots to think about. Thanks, Lee.

  • Sally Carpenter

    Even if prisons release older inmates, the goverment will still have to pay for housing, food, medical, etc. The ex-con will have no savings, no pension, no insurance, no house and no job. Even without a prison record an elderly person who’s been out of the workforce for decades will not be able to a job except maybe mopping floors. Housing will be little more than a hotel room or tiny apartment. Even out of prison, the elderly ex-con will not have much of a life.

  • Lee Lofland

    And, Sally, they won’t have a clue about the new world they’ll be entering after having been locked away for many years. Think about it, some have never seen the internet, cell phones, bar codes, debit cards, lap tops, self-checkout, etc.

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