Wednesday, June 13, 2012

American Civil Liberties Union: 'The Aging Prisoner Boom: Picturing Our Elderly Behind Bars'

Source:ACLU- an aging inmate at one of America's prisons.

"Striking photos by Tim Gruber give an inside look at our nation's growing elderly prisoner population. A new ACLU report examines the problem and offers practical solutions to address the dramatic and costly growth in the number of elderly prisoners." 

From the ACLU

Just for the record: I do support life in prison without the possibility of parole for the most serious of felonies, like murder, rape, terrorism, espionage, arson, kidnapping, etc. But even permanent life in prison needs to be humane and as cost-effective as possible, that's in life with keeping the public as safe as possible as well. 

So no, I'm not for letting serial murderers and rapists out of prison, just because they're too old and weak to ever murder and rape again. But we do need a system and program for our aging inmates who'll never legally get out of prison, but allows for them to age and die with dignity. 

Again, I'm not talking about releasing lifers just because they are old or for any other reason, other than being found innocent. But setting up a health care system in prison, senior homes for inmates, that would be financed by the prison health care system, that the inmates would pay into themselves. Saving precious tax revenue for other priorities in government that are already underfunded.

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