National Institute of Corrections Addressing needs of older prisoners

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U.S. Department of Justice

National Institute of Corrections

320 First Street, NW

Washington, DC 20534


As the median age of inmates in our jails and prisons

steadily increases and the incidence of chronic illness

and disabilities grows ever larger, the issue of how

best to manage services and care for older inmates

and those with chronic and terminal illnesses

becomes more prominent.

The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) recognizes

that correctional practitioners and correctional

health care providers are seeking comprehensive

and useful knowledge about current, innovative,

effective, and economical practices that address the

special needs of these populations.

NIC commissioned this publication to guide prison

administrators in managing aging and infirm inmates.

This report reviews the most recent relevant literature,

provides examples of promising approaches

from six states, and clarifies how the nation’s correctional

agencies are meeting the operational, programmatic,

and health care challenges associated

with meeting these inmates’ needs.

This report is exploratory in nature. It is not intended

to provide absolute answers or a single comprehensive

model that all corrections agencies might

follow. Rather, it respects the different laws and traditions

that govern state and territorial corrections

and attempts to provide examples and guidance

from corrections systems that have addressed these

issues successfully. It is up to individual correctional

administrators and medical practitioners to consider

these examples and to determine what best works

for them.

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2 Responses to National Institute of Corrections Addressing needs of older prisoners

  1. Wilhemina Joseph says:

    My name is Wilhemina Joseph and, I need your help my brother has sent over 14 years in the Louisiana State Penitentiary is blind in one eye and wear contact that gives you a little side out the other is Hepatitis C and I need your help incarcerated

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