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Responding to a Growing Demographic: Supporting Older Adult Populations within the Criminal Justice System

January 30 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Today there are more individuals aged 55 and older who are in contact with the United States criminal justice system than ever before, and the rate is increasing at a rapid pace. It is estimated that by 2030, a third of all incarcerated individuals will be over 55. In addition to the common challenges that many individuals experience within the criminal justice system, older adults often face additional challenges related to medical, mental health, social, and legal needs which must be considered at all intercept points within the criminal justice system. This webinar will focus on supporting older adults who have criminal justice involvement. Speakers will discuss considerations related to the medical and social care needs of older adults and ways to support this population and improve outcomes. Strategies to address the challenges faced by this demographic prior to and following contact with the criminal justice system will be discussed. A reentry program that is specifically designed to support the older adult population following incarceration will also be featured.