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Growing Old in Arizona Prisons

Arizona Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation and Re-entry
Photo courtesy of Arizona Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation and Re-entry

Prisons aren't designed to accommodate the aging. Think about it: there are stairs, narrow doorways, long corridors, and bunk beds. About 1 in 4 inmates in Arizona prisons is aged 55 plus, and the ACLU estimates nearly half of all inmates over 50 have a chronic health condition. All of this is in a system that doesn't provide constitutionally adequate healthcare. In this episode, Nathan Collins explores the difficulties older prisoners face while incarcerated and what advocates of criminal-justice reform are doing to help.

Producers
Nathan Collins
Editor
Lindsey Riley