Young people and the elderly in prison
Both the very youngest and the very oldest inmates in prison have different needs and challenges than other inmates. For the young people, this is about the physical, cognitive and social development and learning being ongoing, while for the older part of the group it is a lot about increased need for health services.
For the young (15-25 years) this is about the physical, cognitive and social development and learning being ongoing. They need access to schooling and stimuli that give them the same opportunities for development as young people outside prison. We also know that young people who serve time in prison have in many cases had a difficult upbringing, experienced trauma or physical injuries. PriSUD has established a separate research group, YoungPris, which we will work to gain more knowledge about the young people in prison, their needs and how they are doing over time, in Norway, Sweden and Denmark.
Furthermore, there is an increasing proportion of older people in prison (over 50 years). With increasing age, the need for health services also increases. It is important to gain knowledge about who this group of inmates is, what health services they need and what other needs may separate them from the rest of the prison population. With data from Norway, Sweden and Denmark, PriSUD will help to shed light on these issues.