Older prisoners who have served decades-long sentences and have shown evidence of rehabilitation should be subject to review for geriatric release. The rationale for incarcerating elderly prisoners after thy have “aged out” of crime appears to be endless punishment and retribution, which does nothing to further public safety, and is a drain on already scarce resources in our justice system.
On August 3, 2017, a group of biaprtisan Senators wrote to the Acting Director of the BOP Thomas Kane, and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, asking them to take a comprehensive look at the BOP's use of compassionate release for elderly inmates. A copy of that letter can be found here.
The Prison Where Inmates Help Each Other Die With Dignity has a program where prisoners help their fellow inmates in hospice care.
For a more comprehensive look, please visit the Office of the Inspector General report.