Times Colonist

Older inmates neglected: report


The number of federal inmates age 50 and older is rapidly growing, but their health-care and safety needs are often “overlooked and neglected” in the crowded and overextend­ed prison system, Canada’s prison ombudsman said Tuesday in his annual report.

Howard Sapers said the Correction­al Service of Canada needs to develop a better range of programs and activities for older offenders, hire more staff with training in gerontolog­y and palliative care, and retrofit institutio­ns to make them more accessible to those whose mobility or sight may be impaired. Nearly 20 per cent of the 14,000 inmates in federal prisons are 50 or older, the report says.

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