The New York Times
By Pam Belluck
February 26, 2012
Life, With Dementia
The State of California is piloting a program that trains convicted felons to care for inmates suffering from dementia, a disease that is affecting a growing number of prisoners, an unforeseen consequence of get-tough-on-crime policies — long sentences that have created a large population of aging prisoners. With many prisons already overcrowded and understaffed, inmates with dementia present an especially difficult challenge.
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Secel Montgomery Sr. stabbed a woman in the stomach, chest and throat so fiercely that he lost count of the wounds he inflicted. In the nearly 25 years he has been serving a life sentence, he has gotten into fights, threatened a prison official and been caught with marijuana.