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July 6, 2008

An age-old (and costly) problem with long prison terms

This new article coming from California, headlined "Aging inmates add to prison strain in Calif.," spotlights the long-term and costly consequences of long-term prison sentences.  Here is how the article starts:

Louis Rodriguez, a lifelong thief, is costing California taxpayers a lot of money.  And so are others like him, aging criminals locked away for life or extended sentences who require expensive, ongoing medical treatment.

The state's expanding prison population and the increasing average age of its inmates appear to be key factors behind one of the most contentious issues facing California lawmakers.  They are at odds over whether to approve $7 billion to build medical units for a prison health care system that has been ruled unconstitutional.

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While I'm all for compassionate release, assuming they can't afford their own healthcare, the taxpayers should have to pay for it whether or not the sick person is in prison.

Unless we adopt my "no healthcare over 80" plan and just euthanize sick old people. But ironically, the same people who oppose providing even basic healthcare to these sick prisoners oppose me on this.

Posted by: bruce | Jul 6, 2008 2:44:13 PM

This is an odd thing to hear.. Many Asian countries are practicing a rule.(The criminal are asked for doing some works such as carpentering, cooking , gardening , and breaking stones etc., )they are also giving salaries for them at the time of their release...


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