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January 03, 2008

Aging In Prison

Aging In Prison

Over the past 10 years, the number of inmates across the US who are over 50 years of age has skyrocketed. In North Carolina, where our radio program is produced, the number of elderly inmates has tripled to nearly 3,500. This accounts for nearly 10 percent of all prisoners.

Aging prisoners are an added cost for the system. As prisoners age, they get sicker. Many prisons now have a dual role - prison and nursing homes or hospital ward.

Dick Gordon traveled to McCain Correctional Hospital in Raeford, NC, to speak with several of the aging inmates.

The four men he interviewed have a variety of ideas about what should happen to them in "the system" as they age.

Kenya

The news from Kenya continues to be worrisome. People in and outside the country are criticizing the results of last week’s Presidential election, suggesting it was rigged. The situation has led to an uncharacteristic outbreak of tribal violence.  Hundreds of people have been killed. Many are staying home. Others have left the country. Tony Gakuo is a musician who lives in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi, not far from the poor neighborhood of Kibera where much of the fighting has taken place.

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