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50 Gonz. L. Rev. 43 (2014-2015)
Should Elderly Criminal Be Punished for Being Prisoners of the Mind: An Analysis of Criminals with Alzheimer's Disease

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  SHOULD ELDERLY CRIMINALS BE PUNISHED FOR BEING
                    PRISONERS OF THE MIND?
                         AN ANALYSIS OF
           CRIMINALS WITH ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE

                           Yelena Yukhvid *

                           TABLE OF CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION  ..............................................................................................  43
PART I      ALZHEIMER'S: THE DISEASE ...................................................  45
PART II     WHEN PEOPLE WITH ALZHEIMER'S COMMIT CRIMES .................. 48
PART III    PRISONERS WITH ALZHEIMER'S ................................................ 50
PART IV     CONSTITUTIONAL AND LEGAL ARGUMENTS ................................ 54
PART V      COMPASSIONATE RELEASE ....................................................... 61
PART VI     OPTIONS AND ALTERNATIVES ................................................. 68
      A.    Options for Individuals with Alzheimer's Before Sentencing ....... 69
      B.   Alternatives for Prisoners with Alzheimer's ............................. 70
C O N CLU SIO N  ..................................................................................................  74

                             INTRODUCTION

   Alzheimer's respects no boundaries. It doesn't care ifsomeone is rich or
          poor, a man or a woman-or behind the bars of a cell. -1

    The rising life expectancy in the United States has resulted in social,
economic, and health problems in our society.2 For instance, Alzheimer's,


    •    J.D. Candidate, Rutgers School of Law- Newark, May 2015. B.A., Boston
University- 2012.
    1.   Sheryl Ubelacker, Program trains inmate caregivers to watch over aging
prisoners with dementia, CITYNEWS (Mar. 29, 2011, 9:26PM), http://www.citynews.ca/
2011/03/29/program-trains-inmate-caregivers-to-watch-over-aging-prisoners-with-
dementia/.
    2.   See Patricia Sullivan, U.S. life expectancy on the rise, but progress lags
global peers', WASHINGTON POST, July 10, 2013, available at http://articles.washington
post.com/2013-07-1 0/national/40485542 1 health-issues-american-health-health-research;
Sarah McDaniel, The Costs of Early-Onset Alzheimer's Disease and the Federal Benefits
Dilemma, 113 W. VA. L. REV. 133, 149 (2010).

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