Editorial: Prisons must cope with surge in elderly inmates

For the moment, the numbers of elderly inmates aren't terribly large, but the growth rates are alarming


Times Record News

WASHINGTON — In the mid-1990s, there was a mini-wave of "granny dumping."

Elderly people, abandoned by families, showed up at hospitals and Salvation Army facilities, often with a note to the effect: "Please take care of her. We no longer can."

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