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Fri Mar 3, 2017, 06:56 AM

Hawaii's correctional facilities grapple with a 'silver tsunami'

HALAWA (HawaiiNewsNow) - The state's population is aging, including behind bars.

Nearly 1 in 6 inmates at Halawa Correctional Facility, the state's largest prison, are over 55. Some 13 percent of all Hawaii inmates are 55 and up.

And a full 5 percent of the more than 1,000 inmates at the facility are disabled due to age, mobility or cognitive issues.

“People think of inmates as 20-year-olds, but there's a lot of people in here that are over 55,” said Dr. Mike Hegmann, state Department of Public Safety medical director. “You can really think of the whole prison like a nursing home."

Read more: http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/34652867/2017/03/02/hawaiis-silver-tsunami-behind-bars-is-coming-with-big-costs

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