Tuesday, October 7, 2014

The Costs of Merciless Policies

The Boston Globe notes Massachusetts is one of only 5 states that do not have a compassionate release program. So, a 72 year old prisoner who has spent nearly 50 years in prison (for murder) now "spends most of his time in a hospital bed, immobile, mute, and suffering from end-stage dementia."
"More than 30 other inmates" in the State's system have been diagnosed as "terminally ill or permanently incapacitated" raising the question: "what do you do with an inmate who is so ill he is no longer a danger, but is instead a burden?"

The Globe also reports that. from 2002 to 2011, "the state saw a 63 percent jump in the number of inmates aged 50 or older" and the number of inmates "older than 60 grew by 80 percent." Meanwhile, Massachusetts spends about "$100 million a year in health care for inmates" and State health care spending per inmate increased by 12 percent from 2007 to 2011."

See story here.

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