The number of prisoners aged 60 and above surged by 86.8 per cent between 2007 and 2017, from 234 to 437. Photo: Xiaomei Chen

Hong Kong’s elderly prisoner population has nearly doubled in past decade, and jails are struggling to cope

Escorting inmates for hospital treatment and to see medical specialists is a major drain on manpower, authorities say

Topic |   Ageing society

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The number of prisoners aged 60 and above surged by 86.8 per cent between 2007 and 2017, from 234 to 437. Photo: Xiaomei Chen
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Jeffie Lam

Jeffie Lam

Jeffie writes predominantly about Hong Kong politics, but is also interested in social welfare issues, such as the city's ageing population and elderly care. She joined the Post in 2013 after beginning her career as a political reporter in 2009. In 2016, she won the English features merit prize in the 20th Human Rights Press Awards.