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Doing time: Britain's ageing prison population

Thursday, August 22nd 2019 - Reader's Digest

The Reader's Digest has recently published an article following their investigation into whether “Britain’s prisons are ready to cope with the reality of our ageing inmates”.

The article highlights the severe lack of provision for the increasing ageing prison population in many of the UK’s prisons following interviews conducted with Peter Clarke (Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Prisons), the Prison Reform Trust,  Dr Amanda Brown (GP at HMP Bronzefield) and RECOOP’s Chief Officer, Paul Grainge.

Collectively, they paint a similar picture, i.e., prisons are struggling to cope with the high demand for adequate provision for the ageing prison population, resulting in many suffering needlessly because their issues are being overlooked. 

The article can be read in full here.

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