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NCJ Number: 186715 Find in a Library
Title: A Prison With Compassion
Journal: Corrections Today  Volume:62  Issue:7  Dated:December 2000  Pages:90-92
Author(s): Mardi Hunsberger
Date Published: December 2000
Page Count: 3
Type: Program/Project Description
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article examines ways to provide for the special needs of long-term care and physically challenged inmates.
Abstract: The impact of inmates living longer has become a major focus for corrections managers. In addition, offenders are receiving longer sentences and seem to age faster in prison; they are considered geriatric at age 55. Pennsylvania's SCI-Laurel Highlands is a former State mental hospital that was converted into a security level-2 facility, which currently houses 85 long-term care, 44 personal care, and 244 general population inmates. It is the State's only institution specifically designated for the care, custody, and control of long-term care, wheelchair, and geriatric inmates. It provides medical care for the long-term ill, a life skills program, general recreational activities designed for older or physically challenged inmates, and psychological assessments and treatment also designed for those inmates. The facility has separate food service preparation and service arrangements for older inmates, special classes for sick and infirm inmates, and educational and arts and crafts programs. Correctional departments across the United States and in foreign countries have looked to SCI-Laurel Highlands as an example of how to deal with older offenders and their specialized needs.
Main Term(s): Corrections
Index Term(s): Corrections management; Inmate Programs; Medical and dental services; Older Adults (65+); Older inmates; Pennsylvania; Prison management; Prison special units; Special needs offenders
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