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NCJ Number: 118843 Find in a Library
Title: Federal Bureau of Prisons Programming for Older Inmates
Journal: Federal Probation  Volume:53  Issue:2  Dated:(June 1989)  Pages:28-35
Author(s): P C Kratcoski; G A Pownall
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 8
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
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Type: Program/Project Description
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: After examining the criminal behavior and profile of elderly offenders, this article examines how the Federal Bureau of Prisons manages older inmates, with particular attention to health care.
Abstract: Factors in criminal behavior by the elderly are mental illness, alcohol abuse, social isolation, and inability to cope with stress. Inmates 50 years or older housed in various Federal prisons during January 1989 were mostly committed for nonviolent offenses. The largest number were institutionalized for drug-related offenses. Although older inmates are housed in institutions with inmates of all ages, special programs have been developed to serve their needs. Since adequate health care is mandated by law and most older inmates return to the community -- some seeking employment, others social security benefits -- the Bureau of Prisons has recognized that older offenders need more assistance and support than younger offenders. Living quarters in prisons are designed to protect the older inmates from physical and health ailments. Appropriate heating, lighting, and easy accessibility to bathrooms and sleeping space are provided. There is still a need for educational, vocational, recreational, and rehabilitation programs to be expanded to accommodate the needs of the elderly. 14 references.
Main Term(s): Elderly offenders
Index Term(s): Federal correctional facilities; Inmate health care
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