Prisons told to adjust for older inmates
- 11 Sep
The Prisons and Probation ombudsman has said that prisons will have to adjust to suit the ageing prison population.
Ombudsman Nigel Newcomen says prisons will have to take on "care home and even hospice" roles in future, reports the BBC.
He said: "It is remarkable that the fastest growing segment of the prison population is prisoners over 60 and the second fastest are prisoners over 50."
A spokesman for the MoJ said: "We are currently looking at adapting prison regimes to better meet the needs of older prisoners and are working closely with our partners in the NHS and local government to develop integrated health and care services for elderly and infirm prisoners. We work hard to ensure suitable facilities are provided for elderly prisoners, and a number of prisons make specific provisions through dedicated wings and units."
In 2014 the Prison Reform Trust said that "in the last few years, prison has been reduced to a punitive holding operation for people growing older and sicker behind bars".
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