Last year, Fordham Graduate School of Social Service’s Be the Evidence Project uncovered a crisis: the American prison populating is aging and the correctional system is unprepared to function as a long-term health care facility.
This year, the project is amplifying its efforts to spread the word.
The project will host a town hall event to update participants on the problem of aging prisoners on Oct. 10 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the McNally Amphitheatre on the Lincoln Center campus. Jamie Fellner, senior advisor from Human Rights Watch and author of the report “Old Behind Bars: The Aging Prison Population in the United States,” will present her research on medical parole and compassionate release laws in America.
“The focus is to bring awareness and professional training to the public,” said Tina Maschi, Ph.D., assistant professor at GSS and founder of the project.
This year’s Be The Evidence series—which features practitioners, researchers, and advocates—kicked off on Sept. 15 with a day of discussion, including a presentation by formerly incarcerated older adults on their struggle to reenter society.
To register for the Oct. 10 event, visit http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FU-GSSS-BTEP-old-behind-bars.