Monday, October 28, 2013

More on the Graying of the Prison Population

Over the weekend, we got a very nice email from a recent grad of Albany Law School, Benjamin  Pomerance, who wrote us to tell us that as part of a yearlong fellowship, and that

[he wrote] a 107-page published report on law and policy issues confronting elderly prisoners in the United States ... [and] moderated a Continuing Legal Education panel discussion on this topic. The number of elderly inmates in America has increased 282% since 1995, and continues to rise sharply today. Given that prisons are not environments conducive to the needs of elderly individuals, this recent phenomenon of "aging behind bars" has forced states to examine their legal obligations toward these older prisoners.

Benjamin let us know that he is happy to share copies of his report. The Albany Law Government Law Center sent out paper copies, but he will provide an electronic one.  

Benjamin is currently an Excelsior Fellow in New York, ran the NAELA student chapter, was the recipient of the NYSBA Elder Law Section Scholarship, and received the 2012 NYSBA President's Pro Bono award, among other things. His email is  Benjamin, sounds like you are well on your way to ROCKING it in Elder Law!

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