Local

Missouri’s Prisons Are Graying

View Comments
Prison

CBS St. Louis (con't)

Affordable Care Act Updates: CBSStL.com/ACA

Health News & Information: CBSStL.com/Health

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A prison in Missouri’s capital city now has a geriatric wing, as state officials confront an increasingly elderly inmate population.

The “enhanced care unit” opened on January 1 at the Jefferson City Correctional Center. The 36-bed unit is designed as a miniature nursing home for elderly convicts in wheelchairs or those struggling with dementia.

Prisoners older than 50 represented 6 percent of Missouri state inmates in 1998. That figure increased to 15 percent a decade later.

The Columbia Missourian reports that state officials plan to open similar units in five more state prisons and eventually build a separate prison hospital for elderly inmates.

Copyright Associated Press

View Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 3,995 other followers