Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Prisons taking role of care homes and hospices as older population soars

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Via Network Front | The Guardian by Amelia Hill

Problem being overlooked, says report which finds number of over-60s in jails in England and Wales has tripled in 15 years

Prisons are now the largest providers of residential care for frail and elderly men in England and Wales and are increasingly turning into hospices, providing end-of-life care for older prisoners and even managing their deaths.

In the first report on older prisoners by the prisons and probation ombudsman, published on Tuesday, Nigel Newcomen reveals that the number of prisoners over 60 has tripled in 15 years. He also says there will be 14,000 prisoners aged over 50 by 2020, amounting to 17% of the total prison population, up from 13% in 2014.

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