Aging in Prison

by Incarcerated Flavors

Well said written article

The Catholic Eye

One of the more persistent myths from the uninformed criminal justice practitioner and editorial commentators like this one in the New York Times is that older criminals can be safely released from prison because, statistically, fewer older people commit crimes than younger people; when the truth is that older criminals are generally experientially smarter and get caught less.

An excerpt.

After declining for three years in a row, the nation’s stubbornly huge prison population has crept back up again. About 1,574,700 people were in prison at the end of 2013, up 4,300 from 2012. (While the federal population actually dropped for the first time in more than 30 years, it was offset by a larger increase in state prisoners.)

There are many ways to get this number back down, and in the process create a smarter, safer and more cost-effective penal system. One of the most long-known and sensible fixes…

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