quarta-feira, 3 de dezembro de 2008

Japan's new retirement home

Pills and porridge: prisons in crisis as struggling pensioners turn to crime


The over 60s are the fastest-growing group of criminals in Japan, which incarcerates its pensioners at a rate far higher than any other country in the industrialised world.


While the number of Japanese aged 60 and over grew by 17% between 2000 and 2006, the number of prisoners in the same age bracket soared by 87%


In 2006 Japan's prison population stood at about 80,000, of whom 12% were at least 60.


Japan is far ahead of other countries in locking up elderly people. According to the latest figures available, 2.8% of prisoners in the UK are in the same age bracket, while in the US 1.8% of prisoners are over 60.

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