Dying inmates in NY struggle to get home, PTMP series part 1
Over the last four decades, we’ve seen the number of men and women behind bars soar–many serving long mandatory sentences for low-level crimes. One side-effect of those tough-on-crime policies today is that the number of elderly inmates is surging–growing by almost eighty percent from 2000 through 2009.
Prison officials across the US are struggling to sort out what that means, how we think about and care for inmates who grow old and die in our prisons. Even some prison officials think the process for allowing inmates to die at home needs fixing. This is one brother and sister’s journey through that system.