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Virginia's aging prison population

Since the General Assembly abolished parole in 1995, Virginia has been forced to care for more and more elderly prisoners. In 2008, 12 percent of Virginia's prison population was age 50 or older, up from less than 5 percent in 1990.


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Article | Just before lunch time at Deerfield Correctional Center, 60 men in wheelchairs stream across the prison courtyard and into the mess hall, followed closely by a group of inmates hobbling on canes, leaving the blind and the senile to shuffle inside last.

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