As America is graying, so is the prison population. This article discusses the variable ways police treat elderly offenders, often depending on the nature of their infractions. Courts also vary in their treatment of elderly offenders. The greatest future challenges may be in the area of providing (and paying for) adequate health care programs for elderly inmates, especially those with mental health problems.
Aday, Ronald H. and Krabill, Jennifer J.
"Aging Offenders in the Criminal Justice System ,"
Marquette Elder's Advisor: Vol. 7
, Article 4.
Available at: http://scholarship.law.marquette.edu/elders/vol7/iss2/4