Two elderly sisters — Elizabeth Marie Grube, 70, and Elaine Volkert, 65 — have been arrested for selling heroin in a type of AARP-certified drug enterprise. Pennsylvania Police seized 400 bags of heroin from Grube home and 988 bags from Volkert’s home. Police also seized quantities of Oxycontin and marijuana in the raids.
While it is certainly good to see people staying active in the economy, this is a pretty rare case of elderly offenders. At the Project for Older Prisoners (POPS), we base much of our work on the statistics that show that recidivism declines with age. We exclude “late bloomers” who enter the system in their sixties and seventies, however.
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