WPR News
4:11 pm
Tue May 4, 2004

State Plans For Elderly Inmate Care

Laramie, Wy – Many states around the country are dealing with the fact that many inmates will die in prison, and that inmates on average are getting older and will require more health care. The issue is starting to be a concern in Wyoming. State Corrections Director Bob Lampert notes that Wyoming has an older population overall, and many of those could end up in the prison system. For that reason, Lampert is considering elderly care as they move forward with a new prison. "we are including medical facilities...but also it is our intent to include a nursing home/hospice care type of facility. So that we can provide for that level of care inside the institution, without burdening communities with that."
Lampert also thinks its possible that health care provided within the corrections system could actually reduce future health needs of some of the inmates.