The prisoners in Norwegian prisons are getting older. The proportion of prisoners over the age of 50 has increased from 6 per cent in 2000 to 19 per cent in 2019.
Director Lise Sannerud of the Directorate of Prison and Probation says the increase is partly due to longer sentences than previously.
“There is no basis for saying that the prison system is currently facing an elderly wave, but we still want to prepare for the number of elderly inmates to become even higher in the future,” says Sannerud.
According to Sannerud, the development may require practical changes, such as more organized prison cells and closer cooperation with the municipalities, which are responsible for the health services in the prisons.
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