Between 2007-2010, the number of state and federal prisoners 65 years and older grew by a staggering 94 times that of the overlap prison population (which also ballooned). A great new infographic highlights the causes and consequences in bold:
The impact? Money. Loss of life and health. Society pays for long-term care and finally burial expenses for the elderly in prison. The cause? Those 3-strike laws that increase a second and third arrest into major felonies so the perpretrator is condemned for life.