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  • California’s Prison Population is Aging

    Posted Oct 30th, 2014 By in Prisons With | Comments Off on California’s Prison Population is Aging

    Over 20% of the prison population in California is aged 50 or over according to Governing. And as Baby Boomers age and more low level offenders are sent to jail for longer periods of time, that percentage could continue to grow. This is not only a concern for inmates but also for Californians. A new report suggests the growing population could put strains on state budgets, which could also cause a lack of care for older inmates.

    One program in a few California state prisons that could be expanded to help older prisoners, for example, allows inmates to volunteer their time to aid fellow prisoners who are developmentally disabled or mentally ill. The volunteers, known as “gold coats” for the gold smocks they wear, assist inmates with daily tasks, such as dressing or filling out paperwork. As part of the program, they receive training and regularly meet with prison health staff.

    Programs like this are needed as California’s older prison population is set to grow exponentially, particularly given many inmates’ lengthy sentences. About 5,400 are either on death row or facing life in prison without parole, and another 26,000 are sentenced to life with the possibility of parole. That’s about a quarter of the state’s current prison population. “When you incarcerate people when they’re older, you’re doing so at a significant cost when in some cases a person’s ability to harm the general public is greatly diminished,” says Joyce Hayhoe, director of legislation and communications for the California Correctional Health Care Receivership.

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