12 Feb 2024

Dementia in prisons is on the rise

From Afternoons, 1:15 pm on 12 February 2024

An ageing population in general means an ageing population behind bars, bringing with it the same increased number of prisoners with dementia.

So what happens when a prisoner looses the capacity to understand and remember their crime, is there still the same rationale to keep them in prison?

Clinical and forensic psychologist Ella Kofoed who is doing her PhD research into dementia in prisons at Swinburne University of Technology in Mebourne, she speaks to Jesse.

Prisoners' hands (file photograph)

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