Aileen Hongo and Marilyn Montenegro
“I am 72 years old and I am tired, my body is tired, but I still must work 5 days a week. I am not allowed to retire.” Dee
Dee, like the 20 thousand other California prisoners over the age of 55, is not allowed to retire or even reduce her work hours. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s (CDCR) policy of full-time work for all prisoners disregards the widely accepted consensus that prison life ages people, and people in prison are physiologically ten or more years older than their chronological age. Prisons generally classify those past the age of 55 as elderly.