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US prisons face increasing dementia

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Published on Apr 27, 2012

The United States puts more people in prison than any other country in the world.

Many of these prisoners are growing old and suffering from dementia.

Over a three year period, the number of prisoners from the ages 65 and older, grew 94 times the rate of the overall prison population -- this means roughly more than 26,000 elderly prisoners.

The situation is raising new challenges for the American prison system.

Al Jazeera's Scott Heidler reports from From Beacon in New York state.

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