CrimProf Blog

Editor: Kevin Cole
Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Monday, July 1, 2013

"Exploding number of elderly prisoners strains system, taxpayers"


And they’re by no means alone: Prisoners older than 55 make up the single fastest-growing segment of the U.S. prison community – a largely invisible shadow population.

The number of elderly Americans doing hard time is swelling at a staggering rate and will only continue to balloon, researchers say.

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