Forgetting the demented

The New York Times published recently an article on dementia care in prison in the US.  The get tough on everything policies and three-strikes sentences in states such as California, produced a steadily growing number of elderly prisoners whose medical costs skyrocket and whose medical needs are complicated by the fact that they are in a retributive prison system.  In reaction, they started a programme where some inmates are trained to care for other prisoners who are suffering from Dementia/Alzheimer’s and often can’t feed or bathe or otherwise take care of themselves:


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