An Elderly Prison Population Creates Problems, High Price Tag

by | May 8, 2015 | Uncategorized | 0 comments

Recently, the Washington Post published an article, The Painful Price of Aging in Prison, which discusses the high cost of the United States’ aging prison population.  The article reported that “[t]oday, prisoners 50 and older represent the fastest-growing population in crowded federal correctional facilities, their ranks having swelled by 25 percent to nearly 31,000 from 2009 to 2013.” 

The article goes on to explain that most prisons have to be renovated to allow wheelchair access and to have safe showers, which is costly.  Additionally, it’s harder for inmates with dementia to follow instructions, climb onto the top bunk and to receive proper healthcare. According to the article, aging inmates cost taxpayers $58,956 per year while inmates in the general population cost $27,549 per year.  

This is a huge and growing problem that doesn’t seem to have an easy answer.  



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