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Document 032785
Losing Time: Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease Behind Bars [Webinar]
By Hongo, Aileen; Hughes, Barry; Levine, Ron; Iszler, Bernie. National institute of Corrections (NIC) (Washington, DC).
Dementia, including Alzheimer's disease, is difficult to detect in a population often afflicted with other mental illnesses and maladaptive social behaviors. During this interactive webinar we will explore how symptoms and behaviors can be misconstrued and identify environmental risk factors that can contribute to costly accidents and injury for inmates with dementia. We will also take an in-depth look at the Gold Coat program based at the California Men's Colony State Prison in San Luis Obi... Read More

62 minutes
Document 030136
The High Costs of Low Risk: The Crisis of America's Aging Prison Population
Florence V. Burden Foundation (New York, NY). Osborne Association (Bronx NY).
"The immense costs of incarceration have increasingly framed the conversation around reducing the prison population as a matter of fiscal responsibility and budgetary necessity. This discussion is often centered around reducing the arrest and prosecution of so-called “non-violent drug offenders.” But these issues belie a much more pressing human and economic concern: the aging prison population, whose costs for incarceration and care will soon prove unsustainable if meaningful action is not take... Read More

20 pages
Document 027574
Aging Prisoners: A Brief Report of Key Legal and Policy Dilemmas
By Doron, Israel Issi; Love, Helene.
The problems surrounding the imprisonment of elderly offenders are examined. The key legal and policy challenges concerning older prisoners covered are: early and compassionate release; segregation or integration; the meaning of imprisonment in old age and its legal implications; fixed versus tailored sentences; and if prison is the right place to confine older offenders. The authors conclude with a discussion of whether there is a need for “age specific” legal policy for older inmates.... Read More
6 pages
Document 030110
Trauma, stress, grief, loss, and separation among older adults in prison: the protective role of coping on physical and mental wellness
By Masch, Tina; Viola, Deborah; Morgan, Keith; Koskinen, Lindsay.
"Recent evidence suggests that older adults in prison experience a high level of adverse life experiences that can be categorized as trauma, stress, grief and loss. However, there is a dearth of research that examines how older adults’ use of physical, cognitive, emotional, social, and spiritual coping resources influence their physical and mental well-being" (p. 1). This study aims to address this scarcity. Sections cover: the aging prison population crisis; demographics; cost of incarceration—... Read More

24 pages
Document 024363
Effectively Managing Aging and Geriatric Offenders [Satellite/Internet Broadcast held March 11, 2010]
National Institute of Corrections Academy (Aurora, CO).
This 3-hour program will interest anyone dealing with geriatric offenders. Issues covered during this presentation include:
  • Who geriatric offenders are
  • Awareness of their needs
  • Staff training
  • And special considerations for this population.
Participants will be able to: develop criteria to identify geriatric offenders; describe challenges and options for training staff and improving day to day operations to better manage this population; identify strategies, includi... Read More
2 video DVDs (146 min.)
Document 024569
It’s About Time: Aging Prisoners, Increasing Costs, and Geriatric Release
By Chiu, Tina. Pew Charitable Trusts. Pew Center on the States. Public Safety Performance Project (Washington, DC). Vera Institute of Justice. Center on Sentencing and Corrections (New York, NY).
This report, “based upon a statutory review of geriatric release provisions…offers recommendations for responding to the disparities between geriatric release policies and practice” (p.2). Agencies will want to look this document over to see if they are compliant with their own geriatric release laws. These sections follow an executive summary: introduction; background; state approaches to releasing older inmates vary; examining the gap between intent and impact; recommendations; and conclusion.... Read More
14 p.
Document 018735
Correctional Health Care: Addressing the Needs of Elderly, Chronically Ill, and Terminally Ill Inmates
By Anno, B. Jaye; Graham, Camelia; Lawrence, James E.; Shansky, Ronald. National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC). Criminal Justice Institute (Middletown, CT); National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC).
An exploratory report regarding the management of aging and infirm inmates is presented. Six chapters follow an executive summary:
  • Introduction;
  • What we know about elderly, chronically ill, and terminally ill inmates;
  • Effective evaluation for identifying the special needs of inmates;
  • Program, housing, and treatment considerations;
  • Ethical and policy considerations for the care of elderly and infirm inmates;
  • And conclusion.
Appendixes include: Criminal Ju... Read More
148 p.
Document 016941
Correctional Health Care: Suicide Prevention [Lesson Plan and Participant's Manual]; Prison Health Care: Suicide Prevention
National Institute of Corrections Academy (Longmont, CO); National Institute of Corrections. Prisons Division (Washington, DC).
Common health-based risk factors, programmatic guidelines, and various methods of suicide prevention are discussed during this 20-hour course. This manual contains sections about: the importance of suicide prevention to prison administrators and clinicians; standards of care and liability (case law); aftermath of a suicide; suicide risk indicators; geriatric inmates; and presentation overviews. The lesson plan is presented as an "executive summary" (issue overview).... Read More
2 v. (v.1 - 68 p., v.2 - ca. 205 p.)
Document 013964
Prison Medical Care: Special Needs Populations and Cost Control - Special Issues in Corrections
National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC). National Institute of Corrections Information Center (Longmont, CO); LIS, Inc. (Longmont, CO); National Institute of Corrections. Prisons Division (Washington, DC).
Departments of corrections nationwide were surveyed regarding care for populations with specialized medical care needs and also regarding means the departments are using to contain or reduce their overall costs for medical services. The section on specialized needs details state responses concerning medical care for elderly, terminally ill, and chronically ill inmates. Tables identify main facilities housing elderly inmates with special medical needs, responses available for elderly inmates with... Read More
15 p.
Document 010937
An Administrative Overview of the Older Inmate
By Morton, Joann B.. National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC). National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC).
To help correctional administrators meet the needs of an increasing number of older inmates, this document explores primary policy and programmatic issues relevant to this population. It provides a brief overview of existing literature, describes current special unit programs designed for older inmates, and provides an extensive list of resources available for those focusing their efforts on these inmates.... Read More
40 p.
Document 009271
Special Needs Inmates: A Survey of State Correctional Systems
By Hall, Marie. National Institute of Corrections National Academy of Corrections (Boulder, CO). Illinois Dept. of Corrections (Springfield, IL).
The Illinois Department of Corrections conducted a survey of all 50 states to determine the prevalence of inmates who have special medical or mental health needs. Within the 31 states responding, .08 percent to 8.2 percent of prison inmates fell into various special housing categories. These categories included chronic illness, terminally ill, advancing age, ambulation difficulties, and mental health problems.... Read More
34 p.
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