"Elderly prisoners constitute the fastest growing segment of prison populations." according to an article by Stephanie Chen of CNN.
A study by the Bureau of Justice Statistics, indicates the US male prison population (over age 55) grew by 82 per cent between 1999 and 2007.
Some prisons have nursing home and medical units which provide complex medical care to elderly individuals suffering from such ailments as kidney disease, Alzheimers dementia, and diabetes. As a result, states are required to provide more frequent and costlier treatment to this population of aging inmates.
Read the article: Prison Health Care Costs Rise as Inmates Grow Older and Sicker http://www.cnn.com/2009/CRIME/11/13/aging.inmates/.
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