Mandatory minimums are going to be haunting us in the not too distant future.
“…The reasons given for the trend toward an aging prison population include longer mandatory minimum sentences and life without parole. And there’s a new development: More people over age 50 are committing crimes. In Ohio, the number of new prisoners over age 50 grew from 743 in 2000 to 1,815 in 2010.
The medical costs of elderly prisoners, who are generally uninsured, are steep. In Georgia, according to the report, the average annual medical cost of a prisoner over 65 is $8,565; for a younger one, it’s $961….”