By 2030, One-Third Of Prisoners Incarcerated In The U.S. Will Be Over 50

Because of “tough-on-crime” legislation that extended prison sentences and eliminated parole opportunities in the 1980s and 1990s, the number of aging prisoners incarcerated in the U.S. is growing more rapidly every year, according to Mother Jones. This expansion only adds to the cost of caring for prisoners — it costs roughly twice as much to care for a prisoner over 50. By 2030, the ACLU estimates that people over age 50 will account for one-third of the prison population despite the fact that older prisoners rarely return after they are released: