Lecture 19 - The Elderly and the Criminal Justice System

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Graying of Prisons Male prison pop age 55+ up 82% in 8 years 4.3% over 55 in 2008 – up from 3.5% in 2004 Grown 750% over last 2 decades US Census Bureau by 2030 – 1/3rd over 55. Others estimate between 21% and 33% by 2020. Oldest Inmates
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Rockefeller Drug Laws – NY 1973 Required judges to impose 15-years to life for selling two ounces, or possessing four ounces of "narcotic drug" 1977 removed marijuana from the list of substances 1979 increased amount of drugs needed to trigger the 15-year to life sentence 1988 concern over "crack" cocaine led to a lowering of the weight threshold for cocaine By 1997, 32% of male NY inmates were in prison for drug felonies – up from 9% in 1980. For women – 61%
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Other “Get Tough on Crime” 1984 Federal Sentencing Reform Act and by mid 1990s – 13 states - mandatory sentences and specified periods of jail 1994 Federal Violent Crime Control and Law
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This note was uploaded on 10/21/2011 for the course PUBLIC HEA 243 taught by Professor Smith during the Spring '11 term at Rutgers.

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