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Aging prison populations burden Michigan taxpayers

Jan 12, 2015

Prisons are overfilling with an increasingly aging population.
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Getting tough on crime. For many, that means putting criminals behind bars, lengthy sentences, and tough parole guidelines.

Years of this criminal justice philosophy means old, sick prisoners are now the fastest-growing population in the Michigan prison system.

And taxpayers are footing the growing healthcare bill.

Steve Friess addresses this growing challenge for Al-Jazeera America with a piece titled "Old Age In The Big House". Listen to our conversation with Friess in the audio above.