Effective treatment and preparation for successful reintegration can be better achieved if the needs and risks of incarcerated offenders are taken into consideration by correctional practitioners and scholars. Special Needs Offenders in Correctional Institutions offers a unique opportunity to examine the different populations behind bars (e.g. chronically and mentally ill, homosexual, illegal immigrants, veterans, radicalized inmates, etc.), as well as their needs and the corresponding impediments for rehabilitation and reintegration. Author Lior Gideon takes a rehabilitative and reiterative approach to discuss and differentiate between the needs of these various categories of inmates, and provides in depth discussions-not available in other correctional texts-about the specific needs, risks and policy recommendations when working with present-day special needs offenders. Each chapter is followed by suggested readings and relevant websites that will enable readers to further enhance understanding of the issues and potential solutions discussed in the chapter. Further, each chapter has discussion questions specifically designed to promote class discussions. The text concludes with a theoretical framework for future policy implications and practices.
Chapter 7: Older and Geriatric Offenders: Critical Issues for the 21st Century
Older and Geriatric Offenders: Critical Issues for the 21st Century
Over the past several decades, the level of attention directed toward managing aging prisoners has risen substantially. Internationally, research from the United Kingdom (Howse, 2003; Wahidin & Cain, 2006); Sweden (Fazel & Grann, 2002); France (Steiner, 2003); Canada (Gal, 2002); Australia (Grant, 1999; Dawes, 2009); and Japan (Johnson, 2000) indicate these countries, along with the United States, are all grappling with nearly identical issues associated with an aging prison population. Without timely attention to the experiences of geriatric offenders, officials globally will undeniably be presented with a crisis that, in return, would negatively impact all aspects of the correctional system. Despite the ...