With a growing number of aging inmates, state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli said Tuesday the state’s prison system is facing challenges, including increasing health care costs.
A report released by DiNapoli found the number of inmates age 50 and older increased 46 percent from 2007 to 2016. The rise occurred as the state’s overall inmate population declined over the last decade.
In 2007, there were 63,304 inmates in the state prison system and nearly 11 percent of them — 6,945 — were at least 50 years old. Last year, there were 52,344 inmates being held in the state’s correctional facilities and 19 percent — 10,140 — were age 50 and older.