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Stosch Calling For Cost-Effective, Humanitarian Options For Geriatric Prisoners

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State law allows prisoners who pose no imminent threat to society to be released, and Stosch says there are likely a few hundred geriatric inmates who fit that description.

But many have no family, friends or homes to help them reintegrate back into society.

"It's a consequence, says Stosch. "They remain in a very costly prison bed and almost like a nursing home facility."

Stosch says some are eligible for Medicaid and VA benefits, so those seniors won't be without some resources. But some Virginians still have worries about their release.

"There is a societal concern because many of them are convicted of very serious crimes despite the fact they're older and perhaps pose no harm or danger to the community," Stosch says. "They nevertheless have that stigma of a very serious crime"

He says under the current system, the state pays on average $33,000 per prisoner each year.

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