Hawaii's correctional facilities grapple with a 'silver tsunami'
HALAWA (HawaiiNewsNow) - The state's population is aging, including behind bars.
Nearly 1 in 6 inmates at Halawa Correctional Facility, the state's largest prison, are over 55. Some 13 percent of all Hawaii inmates are 55 and up.
And a full 5 percent of the more than 1,000 inmates at the facility are disabled due to age, mobility or cognitive issues.
“People think of inmates as 20-year-olds, but there's a lot of people in here that are over 55,” said Dr. Mike Hegmann, state Department of Public Safety medical director. “You can really think of the whole prison like a nursing home."