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Older prisoners in Australia: A strategic framework for the management of Australia’s ageing offenders
Corrections statistics in Australia indicate a clear trend towards increased numbers of older prisoners and the growth in this prisoner cohort is paralleled in prisons in the US and UK. Ageing prisoner populations present a number of challenges for governments, correctional administrators, prison healthcare providers and community support agencies. This research examines the older prisoner population in two Australian states, presenting initial findings concerning demographic and other characteristics of this population. Concerns pertaining to older prisoners as defined by both key correctional stakeholders and the prisoners themselves are outlined. These include health issues, suitability of programs, and roles of prison staff. Potential management strategies are reviewed.