May 29, 2017

Prisoners age and prisons aren't prepared to deal with having an elderly population.

I just tried a case and my fifty year old client got a forty year sentence. Got me thinking...

  • I imagine there will have to be some sort of mass commuting of sentences in several years as prisons become overflowing with elderly people who do not pose a danger to society. One of the problems with a democratic system is that voters are always in favor of being harder on criminals, so politicians don't want to risk re-election by trying to do something that makes things less harsh on criminals.
  • I don't know much about the history of people intentionally going to jail to receive medical care. I wonder how common that is. It would be tragic if that became even remotely commonplace.