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At America's Expense: The Mass Incarceration of the Elderly


Inimai M. Chettiar


New York University (NYU) - Brennan Center for Justice; New York University School of Law

W.C. Bunting


American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

Geoffrey Schotter


affiliation not provided to SSRN

June 13, 2012

At America’s Expense: The Mass Incarceration of the Elderly, American Civil Liberties Union, June 2012
NYU School of Law, Public Law Research Paper No. 12-38
NYU Law and Economics Research Paper No. 12-19

Abstract:     
Elderly prisoners are twice as expensive to incarcerate as the average prisoner and pose little danger to society, yet the population of elderly prisoners in the United States is exploding. Our extreme sentencing policies and a growing number of life sentences have effectively turned many of our correctional facilities into veritable nursing homes — and taxpayers are paying for it.

This increasing warehousing of aging prisoners for low-level crimes and longer sentences is a nefarious outgrowth of the “tough on crime” and “war on drugs” policies of the 1980s and 1990s. Given the nation’s current overincarceration epidemic and persistent economic crisis, lawmakers should consider implementing parole reforms to release those elderly prisoners who no longer pose sufficient safety threats to justify their continued incarceration.

A new ACLU report, “At America's Expense: The Mass Incarceration of the Elderly,” makes a number of data-driven findings and issues recommendations for reform.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 99

Keywords: mass incarceration, elderly prisoners, aging prisoners, sentencing reform, parole reform, criminal justice, fiscal analysis, state budgets

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Date posted: July 30, 2012 ; Last revised: September 11, 2012

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Chettiar, Inimai M. and Bunting, W.C. and Schotter, Geoffrey, At America's Expense: The Mass Incarceration of the Elderly (June 13, 2012). At America’s Expense: The Mass Incarceration of the Elderly, American Civil Liberties Union, June 2012 ; NYU School of Law, Public Law Research Paper No. 12-38; NYU Law and Economics Research Paper No. 12-19. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2120169

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Inimai M. Chettiar (Contact Author)
New York University (NYU) - Brennan Center for Justice ( email )
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United States
New York University School of Law ( email )
40 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012-1099
United States
William Bunting
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) ( email )
125 Broad Street
New York, NY 10004
United States
Geoffrey Schotter
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