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1.   ” . . .state officials estimate that an average prisoner costs California about $35,000 a year and that elderly inmates, who require more care, cost an average of $70,000.”

“The price of punishment”SCOTT SMITH. The Record, Jan 29, 2006

2.   “A California study found that annual medical costs for prison inmates 55 and older are $60, 000 to $80, 000.”

“Robbing Ourselves Blind: The Economics of Getting Tough on Crime, Hary Merriman, Sociology of Law, 9/30/00.

3.   “The National Center on Institutions and Alternatives, an Alexandria-based organization that advocates alternatives to incarceration, estimates the average yearly cost of confining an elderly prisoner at $69,000 — more than three times the $22,000 spent on ordinary inmates.

” Cost of Housing Older Inmates Goes Up As Risk Goes Down”

Bill Sizemore, The Virginian-Pilot, 3/7/00,

4. “Young prisoners cost the system $21,000 per year on average while older prisoners cost $60,000. And for those over age 60 the average cost is $69,000 per year — twice the cost of a nursing home.” “The situation will get worse as our prison population continues to age. In 1998 7.2 percent of the 1.8 million prisoners in federal, state and local prisons were over age 50, up from 4.9 percent in 1990 And the numbers will increase to as much as 10 percent over the next few years.”
“Release of older prisoners could save taxpayers money, Bernard Starr, News Chief, 9/13/99

Dudley Sharp, Justice Matters
e-mail,  713-622-5491,
Houston, Texas

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