US prisons face increasing dementia





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Published on Apr 27, 2012

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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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