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Prisoners: Older People

Justice written question – answered on 18th July 2013.

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Photo of Andrew Rosindell Andrew Rosindell Conservative, Romford

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice

(1) what assessment his Department has made of the needs of older prisoners compared to younger inmates;

(2) what assessment he has made of the number of prisoners over the age of 60 in the last 20 years.

Photo of Jeremy Wright Jeremy Wright The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

The needs of all prisoners are assessed on an individual basis. The differences within the group of older prisoners are wide, and it is not possible to generalise about what their needs are, other than to note that they tend to require increased levels of health and social care.

The over 60 population comprised 1% of the overall prison population in 1993 rising to 4% of the overall prison population in 2012.

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