How can we help people in prison age with dignity?

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Most of us want to live a long life, but very few want to grow old, goes a traditional saying. This is hardly surprising when taking into consideration the prospect that the negative stereotypes, prejudices, and discriminatory practices surrounding old age – also known as ageism – will somehow affect us all. Such potential ageism raises even greater challenges in the specific context of a prison, where daily life and future perspectives of older people are heavily influenced by prison officers and psychosocial services, and are shaped by a physical and social environment that is geared towards ‘the needs of younger adults’. Until recently, hardly any reference whatsoever had been made to the situation of oldsters in prison, which was becoming more and more problematic as prisons are increasingly populated by older people. A Belgian study of 2018, recently published in book format – The Older Prisoner in the Palgrave Studies in Prisons and Penology series, has not only demonstrated the weight of studying ageing in prison, but has also raised more questions about how our prison system – as we know it – is failing its elders.
Originele taal-2English
Specialist publicatieBlog – RESCALED
UitgeverResearch community Rescaled
StatusPublished - 25 okt 2021

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