Older Prisoners and One Possible Late Bloomer

Today’s news wires reported the arrest of a 93-year-old for drug violations. Durham police arrested William Tinnen on cocaine-trafficking and related charges. It makes for an interesting comparison to most older individuals and current studies of recidivism, or the likelihood of new offenses.

While the Project for Older Prisoners (POPS) that I founded believes that age is the most reliable basis for predicting recividism, this may be an example of one set of older prisoners who do not fit the profile. This is why POPS relies on multiple tests for recidivism with different elements. Age remains the dominant criteria but not the only criteria.

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