The population of aging and elderly prisoners in U.S. prisons exploded over the past three decades, with nearly 125,000 inmates aged 55 or older now behind bars, according to a report published Wednesday by the American Civil Liberties Union. This represents an increase of over 1,300 percent since the early 1980s.
More than $16 billion is spent annually by states and the federal government to incarcerate elderly prisoners, despite ample evidence that most prisoners over age 50 pose little or no threat to public safety, the report said. Due largely to higher health care costs, prisoners aged 50 and older cost around $68,000 a year to incarcerate, compared to $34,000 per year for the average prisoner
where does that money go, and why do people who perform daily or hourly task in the public arena seem to think their labor is worth more then other's of equal importance. Dr.s, scientist, inventor's they come up with ground breaking medicines or technologies and who the hell can afford them. MRI's outside of VA upwards of 1,000 bucks when the tech sits there pushes a few buttons and can't read what ever it says. what does the machine use that much electricity that the power could be shut off if they don't pay the bill. bureaucratic BS. invent a new mousetrap and they will be a path to your door how much money is enough and should we hold those people in high esteem when we can benefit from whatever for years after it's release? as to this topic privatization is the right wing answer instead of revamping the courts and penal system, no money in that.