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Should the United States give special treatment to the elderly in prison?

Asked by: Senator
  • Yes. i believe the United States should give special treatment to the elderly in prison.

    Yes. i believe the United States should give special treatment to the elderly in prison, because they are elderly, and elderly people need certain amenities that their more youthful counterparts do not. It is that way in normal society, so it should be that way in prison. It would be inhumane not to give an elderly person necessities needed for survival.

  • No special treatment Unless

    Although the legal system doesn't always make the right choices. If elderly people are sentenced to life in prison then it is the government's responsibility to maintain and regulate his/her health, no matter how horrendous the crime was. Now I don't think they should necessarily get special treatment just because of their age. Why do they deserve it and more importantly its coming out of your pocket for some added benefit. They should get the standard treatment/procedure to accommodate any ailments. If an elderly person has a truly life-threatening disease and they have a limited time in prison then maybe they should get special treatment. However if they have life in prison then the standard procedure should be used until their time is up.

  • Yes, it should!

    The United States could allocate a special area in prison just for elderly people because they deserve to be in an area with people around their age group and are still guaranteed rights under the Constitution, even if they are locked up. Since they are older, even if they are criminals, they should have some rights. It's easier for elderly people to get accustomed to people around their age group.

  • The Justice System isn't necessarily meant to punish.

    The United States Criminal Justice system has one main purpose, and that purpose is to make sure there is retribution for the victim and then, if possible, get the criminals back out on the streets as useful members of society and reduce the recidivism rates of that particular crime. Now, there are special cases in which one gets life in prison.. This is when it gets more complicated. Say, a twenty year old man brutally murders three people, and then when he is found guilty, he shows no remorse for the murders. He is sentenced with life in prison. Naturally his needs will change as he gets older, but the prison system does actually provide for those changes. For example, if that same twenty year old found out when he was forty that he had cancer, or found out he had a heart disease when he was sixty, the prison system will provide the medication and treatment he needs. The same goes for another inmate who suffers from the same ailment. They provide for a basic standard of living, and that varies from person to person. The elderly do not deserve special treatment, because no one else gets said "special treatment." The prison system will provide for their needs, just the same as they provide for everyone else's. Special treatment is not needed, because the necessities for survival for everyone, including the elderly inmates, are provided.

  • The United States should not give special treatment to the elderly in prison.

    The United States should not give special treatment to the elderly in prison. They should be treated the same as any other inmate that was sentenced there. I do not think that we should be giving special treatment to anyone that is in the prison system. Let them serve their time.

  • Only Adequate Treatment

    I do not believe the elderly in prison deserve special treatment. They are criminals, just like the rest and are there to serve out there sentence. I believe prisoners do deserve adequate care and I think you could justify what is adequate for a 20 years old is much different for someone who is 90.

  • No, they need punishment too.

    No, the United States should not give special treatment to the elderly in prison, because they are serving their penalty for the same crime as everyone else. The elderly have special needs, but if we give them breaks, everyone will want a break and claim that they are elderly. They need to be punished for their crimes, too.

  • They should not.

    The United States of America should not give special treatment to the elderly in prison. They committed crimes too, just like all of the other convicts who are in prison. Just because they are older, does not mean that they should get special treatment, as they are also criminals too.


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