Turner, Mary and Peacock, Marian (2017) Palliative care in UK prisons: practical and emotional challenges for staff and fellow prisoners. Journal of Correctional Health Care, 23 (1). pp. 56-65. ISSN 1940-5200

Despite falling crime rates in England and Wales over the past 20 years, the number of prisoners has doubled. People over the age of 50 constitute the fastest growing section of the prison population, and increasing numbers of older prisoners are dying in custody. This article discusses some of the issues raised by these changing demographics and draws on preliminary findings from a study underway in North West England. It describes the context behind the rise in the numbers of older prisoners; explores the particular needs of this growing population; and discusses some of the practical and emotional challenges for prison officers, health care staff, and fellow prisoners who are involved in caring for dying prisoners in a custodial environment.

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