Assisted Living in Prison?
There are at least 26,600 men and women who are 65 and older in United States state and federal prisons. That number has grown by 63% in the last four years. There are another 100,000 prisoners ages 55 to 64.
Even as states try to reduce prison costs and overcrowding, long sentences and restricted parole mean that many of today’s younger prisoners will stay behind bars into their 80s and 90s. One in 10 state prisoners is serving a life sentence. Most of the older prisoners committed serious crimes and are serving long sentences for them.