Although not specifically related to the kind of things I usually blog about. The following data, and what it says about our culture of imprisonment, is sobering.
In 1981 there were 8,853 state and federal prisoners age 55 or older. Today that number stands at 124,900. By 2030 experts predict the number of prisoners age 55 or older will be more than 400,000, which will be more than one third of the prison population. The elderly prison population is expected to increase by 4,400% over this 49-year time span.
Source: ABA Journal, September 2012