Magazine article Corrections Forum

Should Early Release Be Based on Age?

Magazine article Corrections Forum

Should Early Release Be Based on Age?

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The issue of early release for non-violent offenders is worthy of discussion, but I posit to you that it should not necessarily be agebased. The decision to release early is one that should be based on the critical risk factors to the community, not whether the individual needs more or less healthcare. Severity of all prior offenses, chronicity of offending, and other concerns should be examined, not age and health exclusively.

I doubt transferring elderly inmates from the Bureau of Prisons to community housing and healthcare will appreciably reduce Federal/State government budgets. Medicare and emergency room services for the indigent will increase proportionately. Basically, there are good reasons these older individuals are incarcerated.

Ms. Stephenson's proposal is poorly conceived and poorly written. The sad thing is not "that it costs so much money" to incarcerate these persons; what is sad is that they all left victims in their wake. Whether their crimes were violent or not, does not negate that what they did was unlawful and hurtful to someone or society as a whole. In this country the consequences for crime are graduated, including a full spectrum of sanctions. The judiciary decides whether an older criminal defendant needs incarceration as their level of punishment, or if some less-restrictive option should be considered. …

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