A 21st Century Analysis of Prison Management and the Aging Process
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Determining appropriate theory to analyze how the aging process impacts prison management has proven difficult. Since there is little extant theory that can posit factors and trends leading to an aging inmate population and simultaneously discuss the program needs for older and elder inmates, this study reviewed multiple theories with within Criminology and Aging & the Life Course perspectives. This was intended to provide a springboard into the discourse on aging and the American inmate. A mixed methods approach was performed using logistic regression and a case study of prison programs and policies. Logistic regression was used to determine whether the following factors contributed to inmates being aged in prison: race, region, offense type, recidivism, lifer status, and first time offender status. Providing a more holistic perspective of aging inmates, a case study was done with original data collection on program policies in states and the federal government in the U.S. I used four subsections to classify the types of programs and policies reported in place for aged inmates: prisons with policies, prisons with programs for males, prisons with gender responsive programs for females, and the Federal Bureau of Prisons. An integrated approach to theory and an attempt at bridging the gap between theory and application using a case study provided a more succinct body of knowledge. This not only impacts the theoretical perspective in corrections but also provides a more robust perspective for dialogue regarding the aging prison population.
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Williams, Monica Elaine (2020). A 21st Century Analysis of Prison Management and the Aging Process. Doctoral dissertation, Texas A&M University. Available electronically from