In the Media

Out of sight, out of mind

PUBLISHED March 17, 2004

Older prisoners are the fastest growing age group in Britain's jails, and face specific health and social care needs after release. So why aren't they offered more tailored support?

Eight years ago Stuart Ware left prison. As an elderly ex-prisoner, he had no clue what to expect. The uncertainty was intensified by a temporary breakdown in relations with his family. He soon found sheltered accommodation but his health had deteriorated and he had developed hypertension during his 12 months in jail. For the first time in his life, he was also claiming benefits.