Chapter 14

Chapter 14 - Chapter 14 Introduction The mindset of...

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Chapter 14 Introduction The mindset of habitual and first time offenders can be substantially different The elderly are more diverse than any other age group Different people have different emotions and exhibit different actions at different ages An elderly offender o Any offender who is convicted and is at least 50 years of age or older, as determined by a comprehensive consideration of factors that include prior lifestyle, medical health, mental health, and the effects of prior incarceration Older inmates are more prone to contagious illnesses There are three basic types of elderly offenders o Elderly first-time-offenders o Habitual elderly offenders o Offender turned elderly in prison The numbers in the habitual and offender turned elderly in prison have such high numbers because of the three strikes rule, and war on drugs Elderly first time offenders New elderly offenders frequently commit crimes of passion First time offenders are more likely to be sentenced for violent offenses Aggravated assault is the leading cause of incarceration followed by murder Habitual elderly offenders have a long history of crime and also have a prior record of imprisonment they are able to act as mentors for first time offenders most likely to die in prison Offender turned elderly in prison very difficult to place on release because they have few ties in the community and limited vocational background from which to earn a living General characteristics of elderly offenders there tends to be history of part time employment or unemployment and an unstable family life due to alcohol abuse likely to be unmarried males white with lower socioeconomic status and fewer dependents elderly offenders tend to withdraw into themselves because of the lack of privacy in most prisons Geriatric offenders behind bars while in prison these offenders are the least problematic with regard to behavior
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This note was uploaded on 04/29/2008 for the course CJUS 251 taught by Professor Keene during the Spring '08 term at Lansing.

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