Older people suffer poor support in prison

Older prisoners are being neglected because the Prison Service
is failing to meet their specialist health, social and
rehabilitation needs, according to a new report by the Prison
Reform Trust.

The report encourages the Prison Service to focus more on social
care provision, develop appropriate education and rehabilitation
programmes, and look at the specific resettlement needs of older
prisoners who now number over 1,200.

It reveals that more than 80 per cent of older prisoners have a
long standing chronic illness or disability, more than half suffer
from a mental disorder, and many have no family or community

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