The Aging Prison Population
• Decades of harsh
sentencing laws, and the decrease in the use of parole/ clemency has created a
“silver tsunami” that is rapidly approaching.
• A reform of sentencing laws and release
procedures are necessary to reduce “geriatric prisons” that pose no risk to
• The number of men and women in state/federal
prisons age 55 and older grew 76% between 1999 and 2008 according to “The Crime
• According to the Department of Justice, 1% of
people age 50 or older who are released return to prison.