Aging Behind Prison Walls: Studies in Trauma and Resilience (Hardcover)

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Today, more than 200,000 men and women over age fifty are languishing in prisons around the United States. It is projected that by 2030, one-third of all incarcerated individuals will be older adults. An already overcrowded and underserved prison system is straining to manage the needs of incarcerated older adults with growing frailty and health concerns. Separated from their families and communities despite a low risk of recidivism, incarcerated older adults represent a major social-justice issue that reveals the intersectional factors at play in their imprisonment. How do the people aging in prison understand their life experiences?

In Aging Behind Prison Walls, Tina Maschi and Keith Morgen offer a data-driven and compassionate analysis of the lives of incarcerated older people. They explore the transferable resiliencies and coping strategies used by incarcerated aging adults to make meaning of their lives before, during, and after imprisonment. The book draws on extensive quantitative and qualitative research as well as national datasets. It features rich narrative case studies that present stories of trauma, coping, and well-being. Based on the data, Maschi and Morgen present a solution-focused caring-justice framework in order to understand and transform the individual- and community-level structural factors that have led to and perpetuate the aging-in-prison crisis. They offer concrete proposals--at the community and national policy levels--to address the pressing issues of incarcerated elders.

About the Author


Tina Maschi is professor at the Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service. Her books include Forensic Social Work: Psychosocial and Legal Issues Across Diverse Populations and Settings, second edition (2017). Keith Morgen is associate professor of psychology at Centenary University. He is the author of Substance Use Disorders and Addictions (2016).
Product Details
ISBN: 9780231182584
ISBN-10: 0231182589
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication Date: December 1st, 2020
Pages: 296
Language: English