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Prisons & Probation Ombudsman highlights urgent need to address rise in number of older prisoners

Thursday, June 29th 2017

The recently published Prisons & Probation Ombudsman Report on older offenders highlights the urgent need to address the dramatic rise in the number of older prisoners.  Nigel Newcomen CBE, Prisons & Probation Ombudsman, says in his Foreword:

“One of the most marked changes in prisons in recent years has been the increase in the number of older prisoners.  This demographic shift has been dramatic.  As a result, the number of prisoners over 60 has tripled in 15 years and the projections are all upwards, with 14,000 prisoners over 50 predicted by June 2020.

The challenge to the Prison & Probation Service is clear:  prisons designed for fit, young men must adjust to the largely unexpected and unplanned roles of care home and even hospice.  Increasingly, prison staff are having to manage not just ageing prisoners and their age-related conditions, but also the end of prisoners’ lives and death itself – usually with limited resources and inadequate training.”

The full report can be downloaded here.

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