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NCJ Number: 121700 Find in a Library
Title: Is Special Treatment Needed for Elderly Offenders?
Journal: Criminal Justice Policy Review  Volume:2  Issue:3  Dated:(September 1987)  Pages:213-224
Author(s): R S Cavan
Date Published: 1987
Page Count: 12
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: While elderly criminals constitute only about four percent of all arrestees in the United States, some argue that special policies for the treatment of elderly offenders should be developed.
Abstract: The elderly population is increasing, and it is estimated that in the year 2020, 15.5 percent of the population will be 65 and over. Larceny is the most common form of arrest for elderly offenders, and almost nine times more elderly males than females are arrested. Arguments in support of and in opposition to special status for the elderly are detailed, with special emphasis on leniency, modified arrest procedures, probation, special facilities, and community programs. The article concludes that it is not yet appropriate to establish special status for elderly offenders or a geriatric criminal justice system. Police and judges should be educated in gerontology and special attention should be given to the special needs of elderly female offenders. 26 references (Author Abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Elderly offenders
Index Term(s): Offender classification; Offender profiles; Treatment offender matching
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