Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Too Easy to KeepLife-Sentenced Prisoners and the Future of Mass Incarceration$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Steve Herbert

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780520300507

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520300507.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM CALIFORNIA SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.california.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of California Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in CALSO for personal use.date: 28 June 2022

When Easy Becomes Hard

When Easy Becomes Hard

(p.67) Chapter Three When Easy Becomes Hard
Too Easy to Keep

Steve Herbert

University of California Press

Life-sentenced prisoners will age, decline and die. As that population grows older, their mobility and their general health will decrease. These realities generate a growing number of challenges for prison staff. This chapter reviews the most significant of those challenges. Most notably, elderly prisoners will lose mobility, develop more chronic and complicated health issues, and witness declining cognitive ability. Few prisons are designed to address these issues, just as few can provide prisoners with a comfortable and dignified death. Absent a change in sentencing policy, America’s prisons will face only increasing difficulty in meeting the needs of elderly lifers

Keywords:   Dementia, disability, life sentences, mobility, prison medical care, punishment

California Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.