“Should we help our OAPs Old Age Prisoners?


Exploding number of elderly prisoners strains system, taxpayers

Reuters; U.S. Department of Justice; Getty Images file

Bernard “Bernie” Madoff, James “Whitey” Bulger” and Anthony Marshall — three high-profile defendants who stand to spend their twilight years behind bars.

By Daniel Arkin, Staff Writer, NBC News

The 89-year-old son of late philanthropist and socialite Brooke Astor became the oldest person ever hauled off to New York prison for a non-violent crime last Friday, four years after he was convicted of plundering his mother’s massive fortune.

Apparently too frail to stand, Anthony Marshall was pushed to his jail cell in a wheelchair trailed by an oxygen tank. A pillar of Upper East Side privilege had become a monument to age and infirmity.

Marshall now joins the ranks of other high-profile, graying defendants – including accused former mobster James “Whitey” Bulger and convicted financial fraudster Bernard “Bernie” Madoff – who stand to spend…

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