New Inquiry: Older prisoners

10 January 2013

The Justice Committee launches a call for written evidence for its new inquiry into older prisoners.

Specifically, the Committee will seek to explore:

  • Whether responsibilities for the mental and physical health and social care of older prisoners are clearly defined.
  • The effectiveness with which the particular needs of older prisoners including health and social care, are met; and examples of good practice.
  • What environment and prison regime is most appropriate for older prisoners and what barriers there are to achieving this.
  • The effectiveness of training given to prison staff to deal with the particular needs of older prisoners, including mental illness and palliative care.
  • The role of the voluntary and community sector and private sector in the provision of care for older people in leaving prison.
  • The effectiveness of arrangements for resettlement of older prisoners.
  • Whether the treatment of older prisoners complies with equality and human rights legislation.
  • Whether a national strategy for the treatment of older prisoners should be established; and if so what it should contain.

The deadline for submissions is Friday 8 March 2013.

Call for evidence:

Written evidence should be in MS Word (no later than 2007) or rich text format (please do not send PDFs) with as little use of colour or logos as possible, and sent by email to

The body of the email must include a contact name, telephone number and postal address. The email should also make clear who the submission is from.

Please be aware that the Justice Committee is unable to investigate individual cases.

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