The Potentiality of a Special Population: Aging Female Inmates

Monica E. Williams, Temple University
Robert Vann (R.V.). Rikard, Temple University
Ed Rosenberg, Appalachian State University

While the number of females imprisoned in America is significantly smaller than that of their male counterparts, the percentage of incarcerated women over the last two decades has increased at a drastic rate. This increase can be attributed to stringent crime control policies, particularly drug-related offenses. Despite the growth in the female inmate population, state and federal prisons have historically practiced malign neglect towards female inmates with regard to healthcare, programs, and policies. In conjunction, there has been a growth in the aging population within the United States. Due to these phenomena, the potential existence of this special population will be explored. If there is potentiality for this population, state and federal policies will be examined to determine what is being done to care for aging female inmates. Using the gerontological perspective to assess the best possible solutions in dealing with this population, recommendations will be given to care for this special population.

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Updated 05/20/2006