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Ageing in a prison environment

The significant increase in the number of elderly worldwide and Portugal puts our collective destinies new concerns and challenges. Within this research, we defined the purpose to understand the different aging processes of inmates considered old and analyzed the daily lives of older inmates, the impact of imprisonment in the aging process notably construction of adaptation strategies and reintegration and its future prospects probation. This study supported a qualitative methodology, applied to the 25 semi-directive interviews content analysis performed with male inmates individuals aged over 65 years and serving sentences of imprisonment in different Portuguese chains harboring men. We conclude that, for prisoners considered elderly in the prison context, the perception of aging is linked to feelings of negative connotation of worthlessness, hopelessness and constant losses. These people invest, so all their senses, intellectual abilities, feelings, ideas and adaptive strategies in identity reformulation process, in which aging is associated with perceptions of certain disabilities that stand out more easily and worsen in the prison context.

Ageing; Prison; Institutional Quotidian of Destitution; Adaptation; Moral Career


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