How Old Is Too Old In “Get Tough” Imprisonment?

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When should elderly inmates be released? The Christian Science Monitor explores that issue. Corrections officials nationwide are debating the idea of releasing some of the elderly and infirm as seniors represent the fastest-growing segment of the prison population. With a prison and jail population exceeding 2 million, states must pay the rising cost of health care behind bars. Special care costs an average of $70,000 per inmate compared with $22,000 for a healthy inmate. The Monitor says the issue is controversial in places like Georgia, where the public is ambivalent. Eighty-four percent of Georgia voters . . .

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