Ageing Behind Bars, with particular reference to older women in prison

Azrini Wahidin

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Since the 1980s, prison officials, policy makers and researchers have witnessed an astonishing phenomenon in the USA and the UK: increasing numbers of older adults are entering the criminal justice system and in particular prison, finding themselves locked behind steel doors and razor wire fences. So much so that researchers and policy makers are beginning to turn their attention to policy issues such as economic costs, housing, end-of-life issues and institutional management of older offenders. This paper discusses what is currently known about older persons in prison, with particular reference to women prisoners, and gives recommendations as to how to respond to these people’s needs.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)109-124
Number of pages16
JournalIrish Probation Journal
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2011


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