Ageing in prison

A strategic framework for the management of ageing offenders in the Australian criminal justice system

Funded by the Australian Research Council, Linkage Project 2010

Chief Investigators: Assoc Prof Chris TrotterProf Collette Browning, Prof Daniel O'Connor, Prof Paul CollierAssoc Prof Rosemary Sheehan

Partner Organisations:

  • Victorian Association for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders
  • Victorian Department of Justice 

Prison populations are ageing. Persons over the age of 50 are the fastest growing group of prisoners in 
Australia. Older prisoners have specific needs, and are one of the most expensive groups to accommodate. 
Prisons are designed for the young and able-bodied, and the built environment and rehabilitation and transition 
programs cater poorly for the needs of an ageing person. Despite this, there is little research on ageing 
offenders in the Australian context. Outcomes of this project will contribute to significant improvements in 
planning of programs and facilities in prisons and for prisoner support services.

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