When Prison Gets Old
Why are the number of elderly people in prison in America higher than ever?
Why do many states now define incarcerated people who are 55, or even 50 years old, as being “elderly?”
What are the legal and ethical standards of care owed to elderly people in prison by the criminal justice system and our government?
Please join us for “When Prison Gets Old,”
a panel discussion on America’s aging prison population
sponsored by the Albany Law School Government Law Center
March 28, 2013
at 2 p.m. with a reception to follow
Rochester Moot Courtroom, Albany Law School
Soffiyah Elijah, Executive Director, Correctional Association of New York
Brian Fischer, Commissioner, New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision
Dr. Robert Greifinger, Noted Prison Healthcare Consultant & Author
Hon. Robert Muller, Supreme Court Judge, Essex & Warren Counties
Karen Murtagh, Executive Director, Prisoners’ Legal Services of New York
Andy Pallito, Commissioner, Vermont Department of Corrections
Legal practitioners have the chance to receive Continuing Legal Education credits for attending this event.
For more information, please contact Benjamin Pomerance at (518)-445-2329 or bpomerance[@]albanylaw.edu.
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