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The Graying of Pennsylvania's Prisons

by on Aug 17, 2012

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About 85,000 people in Pennsylvania are incarcerated in state and county prisons. One cause of this overcrowding is the number of people who receive a sentence of life without parole. This sentence ...

About 85,000 people in Pennsylvania are incarcerated in state and county prisons. One cause of this overcrowding is the number of people who receive a sentence of life without parole. This sentence leads to what is often called the "graying" of Pennsylvania’s prisons; inmates who don’t receive parole are aging within the prison system. We spoke with Julia Hall, Ph.D, a professor and coordinator of the Criminal Justice Department at Drexel University, current board member and former president of the Pennsylvania Prison Society, about this trend, its implications, and possible solutions.

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