Striking photos by Tim Gruber give an inside look at our nation's growing elderly prisoner population. A new ACLU report examines the problem and offers practical solutions to address the dramatic and costly growth in the number of elderly prisoners.

 

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An elderly prisoner spends the final stages of his life in prison hospice care. The man died later that afternoon and was buried in the prison cemetery.

 

Charlie Coffey, 65, is fed his lunch. He has been in prison for over 30 years.

 

Charles Webb, 74, shields his eyes from light. Webb is losing his sight. He has been in prison for 17 years.

 

A prison nurse helps Charles Webb, 74, into bed. Webb has been in prison for 17 years.

 

A prison nurse helps Charles Webb, 74, shave after a shower. Webb has been prison for 17 years.

 

Shirley Goode, 73, sits outside of the prison nursing care unit. "This place is going to kill me. I'll be lucky if I make it out of here alive," Goode would say day after day.

 

Albert Caroll, 74, uses a walker during his physical therapy in prison.

 

Albert Caroll, 74, is admitted to the hospital for care beyond what the prison could provide.

 

John Foote, 69, stares out the window from his prisonbed. Foote fell out of his bed after having a stroke. Foote has been in prison since 2003.

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