Benjamin Pomerance ’13, through the Government Law Center (GLC) at Albany Law School, will conduct substantive legal research on the aging incarcerated population, culminating in a comprehensive report released to law and policy makers, as well as advocates, nationwide.
Nationally, the 55-and-older prison population grew by 77 percent between 1999 and 2007, according to The Pew Center on the States. In New York state, the percentage of inmates aged 65 and older within the overall prison population is also on the rise, according to the state’s Department of Corrections and Community Services.
Pomerance, the 2012 Edgar & Margaret Sandman Fellow, will focus on the growing population of elderly inmates and their treatment in New York state prisons, including an exploration of legal principles and obligations that prisons and related entities must meet with respect to the inmates.
A Dean’s Scholarship recipient at Albany Law School, Pomerance is a second-year student and a member of the Albany Law Review. He is the founder and director of the law school’s Veterans’ Rights Pro Bono Project, and he also serves as the president of the student chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and as the editor-in-chief of the NYSBA student newsletter, The Student Connection.
The Sandman Fellowship is administered through the GLC’s Aging Law and Policy Program. Since 1993, 29 Sandman fellows have produced 18 reports, contributing significantly to aging law and policy. The first report, "Abuse and the Durable Power of Attorney: Options for Reform," was discussed in the New York Times and on NPR, as well as cited in a case by the Wisconsin Supreme Court.
Reports from the Edgar and Margaret Sandman Fellowship Program are available online: www.governmentlaw.org