Too old to be in prison?
Last week an advisory committee gave a 255-page report to the Joint State Government Commission, comprised of 14 House and Senate members, urging them to free sick, elderly inmates from prison, reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
The panel says releasing elderly inmates would promote humane treatment of longtime prisoners. It would also reduce prison overcrowding and cost for prisons. The price of providing for young, healthy inmates cost the state up to $30,000, but is minimal when compared to the maximum $64,000 it spends on elderly and sick patients.