What Impact Will an Aging Inmate Population Have on Local Detention Facilities in 2003?

Michael Hackett, California Department of Corporations

There has been a increase in the number of older inmates confined in both local detention facilities and prisons in the United States. Older inmates present different challenges to those operating the nation's jails and this paper initiates thinking for the practitioner who will be expected to meet those challenges. Included in the paper are discussions as to why a greater number of inmates of advanced years are being confined and how they must be dealt with. Physical plant issues, recreation, diet, medical care, work assignments, restraint devices, and even commissary lists are considered. This paper was prepared by the author as original research in connection with the California Command College Program. While directed at the practitioner, it will raise questions of academia and provide areas of interest for additional research.

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Updated 05/20/2006