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Japan’s Prisons Are Turning Into Nursing Homes

A nation with little crime finds that elderly prisoners prefer the comforts of life behind bars
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Why Some of Japan's Elderly Want to Go to Jail

Most prisons spend a lot of time and effort keeping inmates from escaping. In Japan, the greater challenge is persuading convicts to leave.

Among developed economies, Japan has one of the highest proportions of elderly prisoners. Crimes committed by senior citizens have quadrupled over the past two decades. Today, almost one in five convicts is over 60.