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A Closer Look at the Aging Prison Population

The number of aging state and federal inmates is rising.  Between 1981 and 2010, the number of inmates age 55 and older increased from 8,853 to 124,900.

Collateral Consequences of Interstate Transfer of Prisoners
Collateral Consequences of Interstate Transfer of Prisoners
County approves jail contracts
County approves jail contracts Daily Journal, May 9, 2012
State spends 8 times more than counties to jail juvenile offenders
State spends 8 times more than counties to jail juvenile offenders Manteca Bulletin, January 13, 2012
Jail Needs Assessment for San Mateo County: A preliminary analysis
Jail Needs Assessment for San Mateo County: A preliminary analysis
Fiscal and prison overcrowding crises could lead to Three-Strikes reform
Fiscal and prison overcrowding crises could lead to Three-Strikes reform Oakland Tribune, July 24, 2011
Rethinking California's 'three-strikes' law
Rethinking California's 'three-strikes' law San Francisco Chronicle, July 3, 2011
People age 40 and up buck tradition, commit more crime while felony juvenile arrests drop
People age 40 and up buck tradition, commit more crime while felony juvenile arrests drop Los Angeles Daily News, May 26, 2011
Third installment in the Juvenile Justice Realignment Series reveals uneven taxpayer burden
Part three of the series: "The Cost of the State's Division of Juvenile Facilities " investigates the true fiscal cost of the Division of Juvenile Facilities to both the counties and the taxpayer and reveals a disparity between county practices resulting in an uneven taxpayer burden.
The $100,000 bed
About a week ago someone sent me a story in the Pahrump Valley Times about a proposed new jail. For those not familiar with Pahrump, it is a town of about 25,000 located about 60 miles west of Las Vegas. The County Commissioners decided to issue $25.5 million in general obligation bonds for the project.  The proposed jail would hold about 225 people.  That turns out to be $113,000 per bed.    The report noted that the County "will take advantage of Build America Bonds under the American…
Fiscal Savings through Alternative Sentencing
The January 2010 special report from the National Council on Crime and Delinquency (NCCD) titled "The Extravagance of Imprisonment Revisited " analyzes the cost effectiveness of alternative sentencing nationwide, highlighting California, Texas, New York, and Florida. Although there are numerous alternative sentences for non-serious offenders, this report focuses on four methods: electronic monitoring, reporting programs, drug treatment, and drug courts.  The fiscal savings is significant with…
OT pushes guard's pay past $100,000
OT pushes guard's pay past $100,000 Chicago Tribune, December 23, 2006

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