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The massive surge in the number of crimes committed by old-aged pensioners (OAPs) has led to the rise in the number of elderly prisoners in the U.K. Reports indicate that the number of offences carried out by people above 65 years of age has risen by about 50% in the last five years. The “grey crime wave” has forced prisons to buy wheelchairs and install stair chair lifts for the record number of old-age pensioners being locked up for crimes.
It is estimated that about 8,337 people over 65s and some even in their early 90s were arrested in 2013, a staggering increase of 34% since 2009. Prisons in the U.K. are now installing lifts, handrails and larger televisions which display subtitles. Some elderly lags have to move jails if paths in the grounds are too steep for them to walk around.
Earlier, most prisons lacked the facilities required to cope with increasing number of elderly inmates and the issues which arose from mixing frail and elderly people with the general prison population. Prisons are now introducing comfortable high backed chairs, shower chairs and walking aids for elderly prisoners. Also, younger prisoners are given training to push wheelchairs.
Reports say that the current trend of older people looking young these days have led the authorities to arrest these people and punish them as there is far less sympathy towards them than there used to be, say reports.
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