Growing number of old people in prison

PRISONS could soon have to feature nursing home sections and ramps for use by inmates in wheelchairs or using walking sticks. These are two of the consequences outlined in a report on a prison population which is ageing much faster than the general population.

In the past ten years, the number of female prisoners over 50 has nearly quadrupled in NSW and last year there were 161 men over 65 in jails, a study by the Australian Institute of Criminology has found.

Sydney Morning Herald story

Australian Institute of Criminology report

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