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NCJ Number: 203633 Find in a Library
Title: Annual Report of the CMA Incarcerating Elderly and Aging Inmates: Medical and Mental Health Implications
Corporate Author: Florida Correctional Medical Authority
United States of America
Date Published: 2003
Page Count: 44
Sponsoring Agency: Florida Correctional Medical Authority
Tallahassee, FL 32399
Sale Source: Florida Correctional Medical Authority
1311 Winewood Blvd.
Tallahassee, FL 32399
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Report (Annual/Periodic)
Format: Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report addresses the medical and mental health issues pertinent to the management of elderly and aging inmates in Florida's correctional institutions.
Abstract: The report summarizes recent studies of elderly inmates presented to the governor and the legislature by the Florida Corrections Commission in January 2000, as well as the Florida House of Representatives Criminal Justice and Corrections Council Committee on Corrections in December 1999. The Department of Corrections' responses to both reports are included. Data are presented on the medical and mental health status of elderly inmates and on costs for a variety of community-based medical services for inmates. Profiles are provided for the 10 most recently incarcerated first-time offenders 60 years old or older; the 10 oldest repeat offenders with the most incarcerations; the 10 longest serving inmates; and the 10 eldest inmates. The Florida Correctional Medical Authority presents its survey findings related to age for fiscal years 1998-2000. The report concludes with a proposal to inform policy choices in the management of the State's elderly and aging inmates. The primary concerns identified in the report are the Corrections Department's lack of capacity to collect average cost data by age for key components of its operation, including health services; and the lack of methodologically sound research needed as a basis for managing the aging inmate population in Florida. To address these concerns, the report recommends the implementation of a data collection, retrieval, and analysis system that will ensure reliable age-based data regarding health-care use and costs. It also recommends conducting a methodologically sound research study on the health-related concerns of aging and elderly Florida inmates, accompanied by recommendations to the legislature for current and future management of this inmate population. Extensive data tables
Main Term(s): Corrections policies
Index Term(s): Florida; Inmate health; Inmate health care; Offender mental health services; Older inmates
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