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The impact of an aging prison population is causing concern among different stakeholders, including prison officials, legislative bodies, clergy, and some gerontologists. Prison officials are scrambling to accommodate the numbers and needs of older inmates, but they are confounded by constrained budgets, inappropriate prison architecture, lack of gerontologically and geriatrically trained staff members, indifferent legislative bodies, and a general lack of awareness among the public of these problems. Our states need not only retrofitted and newly designed physical facilities but also staffs and providers with gerontological and geriatric training, from corrections personnel to health care providers to clergy and mental health workers.
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Director's Editorials from Age in Action
Ansello, E. (2014). Older Prisoners. Age in Action, 29(3).