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  NCJ Number: NCJ 240645     Find in a Library
  Title: At America's Expense: The Mass Incarceration of the Elderly
  Document URL: PDF 
  Author(s): Inimai Chettiar ; Will Bunting ; Geoff Schotter
  Corporate Author: American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
United States of America
  Date Published: 06/2012
  Page Count: 98
  Annotation: This report from the American Civil Liberties Union examines the problem of the increasing incarceration of elderly prisoners in U.S. correctional facilities.
  Abstract: This report was developed to address the issue of the increasing incarceration of aging prisoners in U.S. correctional facilities. The report is divided into two main sections. Part I of the report contains detailed statistics on the aging prison population that include prison population by age, gender and race of aging prisoners, crimes committed and time served by aging prisoners, the declines in crime associated with an aging prison population, and the impact on States of the high costs of incarcerating older inmates. Part II of the report presents recommendations developed as a result of the report’s findings. These recommendations are: 1) grant conditional release for aging prisoners who pose little safety risk; 2) utilize and expand medical parole; 3) increase accountability and transparency of parole boards, 4) reauthorize and expand federal aging prisoner release; 5) repeal mandatory minimum laws; 6) repeal habitual offender laws; and 7) repeal truth-in-sentencing laws. The appendix to this report contains a draft of a conditional release of aging prisoners act. Photos, figures, appendix, and endnotes
  Main Term(s): Older inmates
  Index Term(s): Inmates ; Inmate classification ; Long-term imprisonment ; Elderly offenders ; Inmate treatment ; Inmate Assistance
  Sale Source: American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
125 Broad Street, 18th Floor
New York, NY 10004
United States of America
  Type: Issue Overview
  Country: United States of America
  Language: English
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