Prisons must cope with surge in elderly inmates

  • Article by: DALE MCFEATTERS , Scripps Howard News Service
  • Updated: February 6, 2012 - 12:58 PM

In the mid-1990s, there was a mini-wave of "granny dumping."

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DanielsonFeb. 6, 12 3:08 PM

Actually, it makes sense and cents to commit crime as an elderly person. It is cheaper to go to prison for a crime than a nursing home by say- $6000 a month. Prediction- We will see a group of elderly first time felons soon.

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furguson11Feb. 6, 12 4:58 PM

Actually, I think it's closer to $7k a month for a nursing home. Plus they will probably not put a lean against your property for medicaid. I think I have my new retirement plan. Now what to do to get into prison without actually physically hurting anyone. Maybe I could grow and sell very large amounts of marijuana to other elderly peers...

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LORENG1Feb. 6, 12 5:37 PM

Do not blame the judicial system for dumping in the old people. It's the legislature that has increased minimum sentences , created sentencing guidelines and sentences of life without parole. in addition judges are under pressure to put more people in prison for longer times.. this situation is a natural result of these factors coming together.

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mongoose32Feb. 6, 12 5:48 PM

I thought the whole idea of the life sentence was that it was cheaper & more humane than sentencing someone to the death penatly. Now you're telling me that it's inhumane & expensive to keep someone there in their old age?

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DanielsonFeb. 6, 12 6:05 PM

If anyone recalls, out east a guy committed armed robbery of a bank for a dollar to go to jail a few months back. I believe he did it for health benefits. The teller tried to give him more and he refused.

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ranger78Feb. 6, 12 6:51 PM

Return prison to what it should be. Three hots and a cot. No internet. No cable. No special medical procedures.

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rhs2005Feb. 6, 12 8:28 PM

All you fools think the answer to society's ills is to just lock people up and forget about it, but you have no idea how corrupt the (in)justice system is and the legislature behind all this nonsense. I really wish every person could spend at least one day in prison just to have an understanding of what it's like before they went spouting off about it. Anyone who thinks prison is a country club is out of their minds. Absolutely crazy. Prison is hell, period. Giving inmates access to TV simply helps stave off the insanity. You want them released back into the population insane? Will that do any good? And now they are getting elderly. Let them out already. No need to keep people there forever. Half the inmates don't even realize what they did.

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furguson11Feb. 6, 12 9:49 PM

I don't knowwhy we're freaking about the elderly in prison. With 25% of the population being seriously mentally ill, prisons have already returned to their pre-civil war role as asylums. One of the reasons that asylums were closed was that they were a dumping ground for the elderly. History is just repeating itself.

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