Every state is grappling with prisoners aging, since inmate medical costs amount to $3 billion a year. Medical care for inmates over 65 costs $8,500 per year, compared to $950 for younger inmates. In

Every state is grappling with prisoners aging, since inmate medical costs amount to $3 billion a year. Medical care for inmates over 65 costs $8,500 per year, compared to $950 for younger inmates. In California the rate of prisoners over 60 has soared from 1% in 1996 to 7% in 2016. Reuters visited two California prisons which are considering setting up specific units to care for dementia-stricken inmates.

Watch the following video on prison hospice :  California Prison Hospice Cares for Inmates dying of old age:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GIpEhgjj5D8

For this week’s discussion answer the following questions:

short answers is fine

  1. Should elderly inmates be released from incarceration?
  2. What challenges are faced when they are released early back into society?
  3. Who should be responsible for the care of the elderly inmates either while staying full prison term or early release?

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