Aging Prisoners: Crisis in American Corrections by Ronald H. Aday
As the baby boom population continues to grow older, there are more and more elderly offenders entering the criminal justice system or growing old behind bars. In this comprehensive review and analysis, Aday addresses the challenges and issues that local, state, and federal corrections systems must face in handling this special group. Integrating practical approaches and theoretical concepts, the author covers the medical, gerontological, psychological and social aspects of aging in place in prison. This important book reviews the current state of our prisons, crime patterns among the elderly, problems associated with long-term inmates, the treatment of older women prisoners, and the possibility of an elderly justice system.
Beginning with a careful consideration of the nature and causes of crime committed by the elderly, Aday addresses recent trends in correctional systems that must address problems of overcrowding, violence, health care, and rising costs. Focusing on the health needs of a greying prison population, the author also discusses correctional programs that have been implemented to deal with the problems associated with older offenders and prisoners. The book also details older inmate experiences alongside a synthesis of the historical literature to provide a balanced overview of the problems from a variety of perspectives. Implications and recommendations for social and criminal justice policy are offered, making this a valuable resource for criminal justice professionals, health providers, policy makers, social workers, and students.