Imprisoning non-violent seniors for decades is a ridiculous public expense that only enriches the Private Prison Industry. Senior incarceration for non-violent offenses does nothing to protect the public. There are viable alternatives like house arrest, and community service. We must advocate for a more humane judicial process for that does not result in 70, 80, and 90 year olds incarcerated for non-violent crimes dying in prison. It is not humane, and it is not what we should be as a country should stand for.


The Dying American Prisoner

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John Jay Roach was serving a 14-year sentence at Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility in San Diego when he felt a knot in his gut that wouldn’t go away. “Bellyaches,…

Elderly Inmate Population Soared 1,300 Percent Since 1980s: Report

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The population of aging and elderly prisoners in U.S. prisons exploded over the past three decades, with nearly 125,000 inmates aged 55 or older now behind bars, according to a…

The Obama administration’s plan to deal with elderly inmates isn’t working. Can it be fixed?

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A bipartisan group of U.S. senators led by Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) has asked the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) to take a fresh look at expanding compassionate release programs for…

Frail, Old and Dying, but Their Only Way Out of Prison Is a Coffin

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Kevin Zeich died shortly after his request for compassionate release was granted by the federal Bureau of Prisons. Only his belongings — and his ashes — made it to the…

Elderly Inmates Burden State Prisons

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A patient in the medical wing of the Kentucky State Reformatory in LaGrange. As the elderly population in state prisons keeps climbing, correctional systems are adding more services geared toward…