NOTA has submitted a response to the Government consultation in relation to issues raised by the ageing prison population.
The proportion of people in prison aged over 60 is expected to rise
The number of people in prison aged over 50 is projected to grow from 13,616 in June 2018, to 14,100 (3.6% increase) in June 2022.
The number over 60 is projected to grow from 5,009 to 5,600 (12% increase) over the same period, and those aged over 70 from 1,681 to 2,000 (19% increase).
The proportion of people aged over 60 is also expected to rise as a proportion of the total prison population.
These projections result from more offenders aged 50 and over being sent to prison than are being released – driven by increases in sexual offence proceedings since 2012.
Offenders are also receiving longer sentences, which also raises the numbers turning 50, 60 or 70 while in custody.